Russia: still chance for negotiated solution to Syria conflict

MOSCOW Sat Dec 29, 2012 4:54am EST

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MOSCOW Dec 29 (Reuters) - The situation in Syria is worsening but a negotiated solution to the 21-month-old conflict that has killed over 44,000 people remains possible, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Saturday.

He spoke after talks in Moscow with U.N.-Arab League mediator Lakhdar Brahimi but appeared to offer no major new ideas for ending the conflict, in which rebels are trying to oust President Bashar al-Assad, a close ally of Moscow.

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