Clinton not ready to concede defeat on Syria

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The document calls for the establishment of a “transitional governing body which can establish a neutral environment in which the transition can take place."

"That means that the transitional governing body would exercise full executive powers," the document states. "It could include members of the present government and the opposition and other groups and shall be formed on the basis of mutual consent."

Still, Clinton told NPR that her one-on-one talks with Lavrov on Friday before the meeting have helped convince her that Russia is ready to abandon Assad.

"They have made clear they have no continuing strategic interest in Assad remaining in power," she said. "So I have every reason to believe — both on what I was told by Minister Lavrov yesterday and what he said in our meeting all day today — that they will make the case that there needs to be this transition."

The communique, she told Bloomberg, gives Annan renewed authority to apply his six-point peace plan with the Syrian government and the opposition.

“I think the important achievement was to get a unified [international community] to really endorse Kofi Annan’s guidelines and principles so that he was empowered,” Clinton said. “He can now go to the Assad regime and say we have to start talking about a transition and not be met with 'well, we don’t have to do that,' because Russia and China don’t agree with us. And I believe that it was a significant step forward in giving him the tools that he needs to test whether it is possible to mediate this very bloody, violent conflict.”