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France says major powers want Syria peace talks to start again in June

French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault (L) shakes hands with United Nations Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura before a meeting aside of the 31st Session of the Human Rights Council at the U.N. European headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, February 29, 2016. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse

VIENNA (Reuters) - France’s foreign minister said on Tuesday that major world powers had agreed if possible to push for a resumption of Syrian peace talks in Geneva by the start of June.

“The objective remains the political process. We want (U.N. Special Envoy) Staffan de Mistura to gather the negotiators as soon as possible and we have fixed ourselves an objective of the start of June if possible,” Jean-Marc Ayrault told reporters.

Reporting by John Irish; Editing by Louise Ireland

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