Russia, US pledge to push for Syria transition

2:54 PM, May 7, 2013   |    comments
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MOSCOW -- Russia and the United States are pledging to push the Assad regime and Syrian rebels into talks on a political transition.

They say they'll convene a new international conference later this month to build on a transition plan they set out last year in Geneva.

Speaking after talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin and other officials, Secretary of State John Kerry says that plan "should not be a piece of paper." Instead, he says it should be "the roadmap" for peace.

Speaking from Moscow, Kerry says the goal is still to bring Assad regime and opposition representatives together for talks on an interim government.

The Geneva plan allowed each side to veto candidates it found unacceptable. The plan has never gotten off the ground.

Associated Press

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