Kerry, Lavrov to meet on Syria next week: UN

25th June 2013, Comments 0 comments

US Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov will meet next week to discuss the situation in war-torn Syria, the United Nations said Tuesday.

"The meeting has been informed that Minister Lavrov and Secretary Kerry would be meeting next week," the UN said in a statement following talks in Geneva between senior US, Russian and UN diplomats aimed at paving the way for a new international peace conference on Syria.

"The discussions were constructive, and focused on ways to ensure that the Geneva Conference on Syria can take place with the best chances of success," the statement said.

It was the second meeting this month between UN peace envoy to Syria Lakhdar Brahimi and Russian Deputy Foreign Ministers Gennady Gatilov and Mikhail Bogdanov and US Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs Wendy Sherman.

The so-called Geneva 2 conference, which is meant to follow up on an initial meeting in the Swiss city last year that produced a never-implemented transition plan for Syria, had initially been pencilled in for this month, then July.

But before Tuesday's session started, Brahimi told reporters the Geneva 2 conference probably would not happen in July either.

Afterwards the UN announced the Lavrov and Kerry meeting next week and added that "further consultations among the United Nations, the Russian Federation and the United States would take place thereafter on the date of the conference and to complete the list of participants."

© 2013 AFP

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