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    Aljazeera - 08 May 2013 07:11

    US and Russia bid to revive Syria peace talks
    UN-Arab League peace envoy Lakhdar Brahimi hails agreement between US and Russia on bid to find end to Syria conflict.

    In talks which stretched late into the night, US Secretary of State John Kerry met first for more than two hours with President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday and then for a further three with Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.

    "We agreed that Russia and the United States will encourage both the Syria government and opposition groups to find a political solution," Lavrov told reporters at a concluding news conference that ended after midnight.

    Hopefully by the end of May the two ministers working together could convene an international conference to build on the Geneva accord agreed by world powers last June for a peaceful solution in Syria, they said.

    Al Jazeera's James Bays, reporting from the UN headquarters in New York, said that the meeting between Kerry and Lavrov was significant because for the first time both countries were on the same page with regards to the political solution for Syria.

    But he said they have not yet resolved the fate of President Bashar al-Assad.

    I hope this is a good sign that the US is trying a new approach despite the permanent "state of national emergency", which  hopefully is more for the politics of it aimed at republicans here at home than actual policy abroad in these negotiations with Putin or others.

    Thx BBB

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