The U.N. announced the new round of talks following a meeting in Geneva between the U.N., Russian and U.S. delegations. Representatives are planning peace talks including the Syrian government and opposition forces, tentatively scheduled for next month in the Swiss city.
The U.N. said talks had been “constructive” and said further U.S.-Russian negotiations are expected to hammer out a date for the summit and a list of participants.
The U.S. Mission to the U.N. declined to set a timetable for the conference, which Kerry initially hoped to hold at the end of May.
“As laid out in the Geneva Communiqué, a transitional government achieved through negotiations is the only way to end the bloodshed in Syria, respond to the humanitarian crisis in Syria and affecting neighboring countries, counter violent extremist groups, address the issue of chemical weapons, and forestall regional instability,” the mission said in a caption accompanying a photo of Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Wendy Sherman, the head of the U.S. delegation, arriving in Geneva on Tuesday.
“The United States is proceeding with preparations for the Geneva conference on Syria, but it is not going to put a timeline on this.”
Both Kerry and Lavrov are also expected to attend meetings of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations and the East Asia Summit in Brunei next week.
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