Kerry to meet with ‘re­gional part­ners’ on Syria

Jamaica Gleaner - - INTERNATIONAL NEWS -

BEIRUT (AP): UNITED STATES Sec­re­tary of State John Kerry will dis­cuss ways to re­solve the Syria cri­sis at a meet­ing with coun­ter­parts from “key re­gional part­ners” in Lau­sanne, Switzer­land, on Satur­day.

The State Depart­ment’s spokesman said in a state­ment yes­ter­day that Kerry would dis­cuss a “mul­ti­lat­eral ap­proach” to end­ing the cri­sis, “in­clud­ing a sus­tained ces­sa­tion of vi­o­lence and the re­sump­tion of hu­man­i­tar­ian aid de­liv­er­ies”.

It did not spec­ify which re­gional part­ners would take part. Kerry was ex­pected in Lau­sanne af­ter trav­el­ling to Rwanda, and would later travel to Lon­don.

Rus­sia had ear­lier said that For­eign Min­is­ter Sergey Lavrov would meet with Kerry in Lau­sanne. It would be the first meet­ing be­tween the two since Wash­ing­ton cut off bi­lat­eral con­tact with Rus­sia on Syria fol­low­ing the col­lapse of a cease­fire last month.

The UN en­voy for Syria, Staffan de Mis­tura, has been in­vited to at­tend the meet­ing.

De Mis­tura’s spokes­woman, Jessy Chahine, said the en­voy had been in­vited, but de­clined to com­ment fur­ther.

Vi­o­lence has flared in Syria, par­tic­u­larly in and around the north­ern city of Aleppo, since a US and Rus­sian-bro­kered cease­fire col­lapsed last month. Wash­ing­ton and Moscow have traded blame for the fail­ure of the truce.



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