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Brahimi: Russia, US Agree to Help Break Deadlock in Syrian Talks

International peace mediator Lakhdar Brahimi says Russia and the United States are promising to help break the deadlock in the Syrian peace talks.

Brahimi met in Geneva Thursday with Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov and U.S. Undersecretary of State Wendy Sherman.

Brahimi said with failure staring him in the face, Moscow and Washington have both kindly reaffirmed their support and promise to help unblock the peace process.

He said until now, no one has made much progress.

The talks are now in their second round in Geneva. Brahimi has been meeting with representatives from the Syrian government and its opposition. He said he will leave no stone unturned if there's a possibility of moving forward.



Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov says Russia is presenting two draft U.N. Security Council resolutions on Syria. The first would open the door to more humanitarian aid. The second addresses ways to fight terrorism, which the Syrian government has stressed in the peace talks. Syria uses the word "terrorists" to refer to the rebels.

Russia is Syria's main ally. It has objected to a Western-Arab draft resolution on humanitarian aid as one-sided against President Bashar al-Assad and threatens to block it.

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