U.S., Russia resume talks to eliminate Syria chemical weapons

GENEVA, Sept 14 Sat Sep 14, 2013 4:25am EDT

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GENEVA, Sept 14 (Reuters) - The United States and Russia resumed negotiations on Saturday on eliminating Syria's chemical weapons programme, a U.S. official said.

Negotiators were to be joined by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov before a joint press conference. "This morning's meeting has started," the U.S. official said.

U.S.-Russian talks on eliminating Syria's chemical weapons programme have reached a "pivotal point", a U.S. official said on Friday, and both nations said they wanted to renew efforts to negotiate a peaceful end to the war in Syria.