Cameron: Don't let planning for Syria talks get bogged down

By REUTERS
May 15, 2013 23:43

UNITED NATIONS - British Prime Minister David Cameron on Wednesday warned against allowing planning for a peace conference on Syria's 2-year-old civil war to get bogged down, saying a transitional government must be agreed as soon as possible by the warring parties.

Speaking to reporters at the United Nations, Cameron said he fully supports a US-Russian initiative to organize a conference in early June that would include both the Syrian government and rebels as participants.

"What is important here is to make sure we really put pressure on the participants to bring forward the necessary names for a transitional government and that we start proper detailed negotiations," he said.

US Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Wednesday they believed they could pull off peace talks on Syria, where their nations back opposing sides in a war that the United Nations says has cost more than 80,000 lives.


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