US says political solution to Syria conflict in jeopardy

By REUTERS
June 15, 2013 17:19

WASHINGTON- The use of chemical weapons by Syrian government forces and the involvement of Hezbollah fighters show President Bashar Assad's lack of commitment to negotiations and threaten to "put a political settlement out of reach," the US State Department said on Saturday, citing comments by Secretary of State John Kerry.

The State Department issued a statement after Kerry spoke with Iraq's foreign minister.

"The secretary reaffirmed that the United States continues to work aggressively for a political solution with the goal of a second Geneva meeting, but that the use of chemical weapons and increasing involvement of Hezbollah demonstrates the regime's lack of commitment to negotiations and threatens to put a political settlement out of reach," the department said.


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