(WASHINGTON) — As Secretary of State John Kerry appeals for peace, ISIS claims responsibility for an attack in Syria’s capital that killed dozens on Sunday.
Secretary of State John Kerry made an appeal to both sides of the U.N.-led Syrian peace talks on Sunday morning, asking regime representatives and opposition leaders “to negotiate in good faith” to achieve “concrete, measurable progress.”
According to Kerry, the peace talks in Geneva are entering a “pivotal phase” as Syrian officials and “an inclusive opposition represented by the High Negotiations Committee” begin discussions.
“The world is hoping that both sides will move quickly to meet the needs of millions of desperate Syrians, to reduce the pressure on neighboring countries, to reduce the levels of migration, and to help restore peace and stability,” he said Sunday.
Kerry delivered his remarks after ISIS claimed responsibility for bombings in a Shia-dominated area in the southern suburb of Damascus that killed at least 45 and injured more than 110, according to Syrian state news agency SANA.
Kerry said topics on the agenda during discussions would be plans for a nationwide ceasefire as well as creating a “path to a political transition” that would end the nearly five-year conflict in Syria.
“Now, while battlefield dynamics can affect negotiating leverage, in the end there is no military solution to this conflict,” he said. “Without negotiations, the bloodshed will drag on until the last city is reduced to rubble and virtually every home, every form of infrastructure, and every semblance of civilization is destroyed. And that will ensure an increased number of terrorists created by, and attracted to, this fight. This conflict could easily engulf the region if left to spiral completely out of control. That is what the negotiations in Geneva can prevent.”
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Source: World News