May 8, 2013
The United States and Russia have agreed to push both sides in Syria to find an end to the bloodshed, offering to hold an international conference in search of peace.
UN-Arab League envoy to Syria Lakhdar Brahimi on Wednesday “warmly welcomed” the agreement, a statement from his office said.
“This is the first hopeful news concerning that unhappy country in a very long time,” it said. “The statements made in Moscow constitute a very significant first step forward. It is nevertheless only a first step.”
“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.
A peaceful solution ?
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