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Hopes for peace in Syria as U.S. and Russia announce plan

Saturday, September 10, 2016 - 02:08

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, after meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, says there is a tentative plan to provide a ''turning point'' in Syria. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry after meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov reached a tentative plan for peace in Syria, with Kerry saying the U.S. went the extra miles, "because we believe Russia...can press the Assad regime to stop this conflict, to come to the table and make peace." The hope is all side in the conflict could agree to a nationwide ceasefire effective at sundown on September 12. The United States and Russia have backed opposite sides in Syria's civil war, which shows little sign of ending after more than five years of violence in which half the pre-war population has been uprooted. Moscow supports President Bashar al-Assad and Washington supports the opposition, saying Assad must go. Kerry's meeting with Lavrov is their third in two weeks and they have spoken several times by telephone to try to narrow differences on a Syrian peace plan that has been under discussion since July. Kerry's proposal for military cooperation with Russia over Syria has faced resistance from U.S. defense and intelligence officials, who argue that Moscow cannot be trusted. The Syrian army secured a road into the government-held side of Aleppo that was captured by rebels last month and was expected to open it soon for civilians, state-owned al-Ikhbariya TV reported on Friday.

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Hopes for peace in Syria as U.S. and Russia announce plan

Saturday, September 10, 2016 - 02:08