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Kerry, Lavrov fail to reach Syria deal

Saturday, August 27, 2016 - 00:42

U.S., Russia fail to a reach deal on Syria and say experts will continue negotiations to pursue details. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) The United States and Russia failed on Friday to reach a breakthrough deal on military cooperation and a nationwide cessation of hostilities in Syria but said they had a few "narrow" issues to resolve before an agreement could be announced. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, addressing a joint news conference after more than nine hours of off-and-on talks in Geneva, said teams from both sides would try to hash out the final details in coming days in the Swiss city. Kerry said the sides had "achieved clarity on the path forward" and that the vast majority of steps toward renewing a February ceasefire and humanitarian plan were completed during the talks. "We don't want to have a deal for the sake of the deal," Kerry said. "We want to have something done that is effective and that works for the people of Syria, that makes the region more stable and secure, and that brings us to the table here in Geneva to find a political solution." Both Kerry and Lavrov said there were few issues that needed to be fleshed out before an agreement could be reached and warned that it could collapse unless a "period of calm" was established before the deal can be implemented.

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Kerry, Lavrov fail to reach Syria deal

Saturday, August 27, 2016 - 00:42