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Syria peace talks plans in jeopardy

Tuesday, Oct 22, 2013 - 01:45

Oct. 22 - Talks to end the fighting in Syria are in jeopardy as the opposition refuses to attend unless Assad is forced from power. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.

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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says that both sides in Syria will continue to fight and to fight and to fight. Amateur video which can not be independently verified chronicles a conflict now in its third year. Kerry, is in London among foreign ministers from 11 countries hoping to launch the so-called Geneva 2 peace talks to end the war. (SOUNDBITE) (English) U.S. SECRETARY OF STATE JOHN KERRY, SAYING: "This war will not come to an end on the battlefield, I believe, and I think most people believe, it will come to an end through a negotiated settlement." But getting the parties to the table is posing problems. Members of the opposition say they will only back talks aimed at the President bashar al-Assad's exit. Meanwhile Assad says he has no plans to go anywhere saying he may run for re-election next year. . With war raging on the ground efforts to present a united front suffered a further setback when Saudi Arabia's intelligence chief said the kingdom would make a "major shift" in relations with the U.S. in protest at its perceived inaction over Syria and its overtures to Iran. While the U.S. and Russia said in May they would convene a "Geneva 2" conference to try to end the conflict there is still no firm date set and the fighting just keeps going on.

Syria peace talks plans in jeopardy

Tuesday, Oct 22, 2013 - 01:45

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