Kerry says Syria peace conference should be held soon

LONDON Mon Oct 14, 2013 8:24am EDT

A Free Syrian army fighter carries his weapon in a damaged building in Jubaila neighbourhood in Deir al zor, eastern Syria October 13, 2013. REUTERS/Khalil Ashawi

A Free Syrian army fighter carries his weapon in a damaged building in Jubaila neighbourhood in Deir al zor, eastern Syria October 13, 2013.

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LONDON (Reuters) - Secretary of State John Kerry called on Monday for a peace conference on Syria "very soon" but said peace would not be possible without a transition government to replace President Bashar al-Assad.

"We believe it is urgent to set a day, to convene the conference and work toward a new Syria," Kerry told reporters after meeting United Nations special envoy to Syria Lakhdar Brahimi in London.

"We believe that President Assad has lost the legitimacy necessary to be a cohesive force that could bring people together," he said, adding: "there has to be a transition government in Syria to permit the possibility of peace".

(Reporting by Lesley Wroughton; editing by Patrick Graham)

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100% agree with Kerry but Dictator and tyrant Assad will most likely refuse to relent power. He has’nt even been punished like he should have to begin with for the chemical weapons attacks.

Oct 14, 2013 8:37am EDT  --  Report as abuse
jroliver wrote:
Is Mr Kerry( Former Senator, Sec of State,future president) really this dumb he thinks he is going to start peace talks. Hey Kerry take 15-20 years off then come back and check if it’s time for peace talks.

Oct 14, 2013 9:34am EDT  --  Report as abuse
jimbo10 wrote:
“Kerry says?” Nobody gives a crap about what that loser says. Why do you keep sticking that fool’s comments on your site and presenting them as news? He’s a political hack.

Oct 14, 2013 9:59am EDT  --  Report as abuse
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