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    Kerry in Doha for Syria Talks

    Kerry to Doha for Syria Talksi
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    June 21, 2013 10:32 AM
    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry travels Friday to Doha for a meeting of foreign ministers backing Syrian rebels. VOA State Department correspondent Scott Stearns reports it is the first session of the so-called "Friends of Syria" group since Washington announced plans to arm the rebellion.
    Kerry to Doha for Syria Talks
    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is in Doha for a meeting of foreign ministers backing Syrian rebels.  

    Saturday's meeting in Qatar is the first session of the so-called "Friends of Syria" group since the United States announced plans to arm rebel forces trying to oust Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

    As diplomats are pressing for the negotiated solution of a transitional authority for Syria.

    "There is a unanimity about the importance of trying to find a way to peace, and not a way to war," Kerry said. "The Assad regime is making that very difficult."

    Kerry and British Foreign Minister William Hague want direct talks in Geneva between Syria's government and its opponents. It is a plan backed by the European Union and many Arab states, including Egypt. 

    "Egypt has always demanded a negotiated political solution to the crisis, and we are working to gather all of the opposition forces so that they are represented in Geneva and so that those talks express the will of all the Syrian factions including the internal opposition," said Kamel Amr, Egyptian foreign minister.

    EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton said there is no military solution to the conflict.

    "First of all to agree absolutely with the minister that we are supporting what has become known as Geneva 2, the process of helping to find a political solution, which is in the end the solution that is going to be necessary if we are going to end the bloodshed, stop the fighting and bring peace," she said.

    French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said there is much work ahead at Saturday's meeting in Doha.

    "We will try to establish the situation on the ground," he stated. "And see how we can help the opposition coalition and bring about a political outcome.  One must not forget that every day dozens and dozens of people are killed in Syria."

    French leaders have discussed the possibility of Assad ally Iran joining Geneva talks.  Fabius said all those with a "useful position" are welcome, but that means accepting the executive powers of a transitional authority.

    "Iran did not accept the aim of the conference, to take part in it.  If the new Iranian president made explicit statements to move in this direction, we will see what the position is," noted Fabius.

    Russian President Vladimir Putin is pushing for Iran's inclusion and said those who would arm rebels based on what he calls "unconfirmed accusations" of Damascus using chemical weapons will only further destabilize Syria.

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    by: MUSTAFA from: INDIA
    June 22, 2013 6:01 AM
    How is it possible, those who are masters in creating problems in Syria can solve these problems. AL NUSRA is creating so much mess in Syria in the name of jihad. They are eating human parts in front of camera and every day they are killing so many innocent peoples with the support of weapons from WEST. West is thinking that no body can ask any question against killing of more than One billion and 4 billions become home less due to this created problem. Just to fullfil dream of US PRESIDENT to change regime, all big terrorist of this world playing with human blood for what TO CHANGE REGIME. This is cruel game at the cost of human blood, and every body should be ready in GOD COURT for his role in this dirty game of the century.In the end i do not think there is any solution for Syria because who created this problem can solve this problem i have very much doubt on their intention. Future will tell us about their intention to solve or create more mess.

    Why West is not interested to change regime in Saudi arabia or Bahrain, where there is no freedom of speach,talk or any debate. The reason i will tell you West have base in these countries and there is no base in Syria. Even in Saudi arabia there is no freedom of religion, girls cannot drive car,no body can ask any question with ruling family about there activities and mismanagement of funds but there is no question from west because of base.

    by: Igor from: Russia
    June 21, 2013 9:53 PM
    Infact, the so-called "Friends of Syria" group is a mixture of countries which have tried to instigate sectarian hatred among sects inside Syria. They are not friends but enemies of Syrian people. They have turned a peaceful country into a battle field for their own benefit. Now they are supporting and arming various terrorist groups in order to overthrow syrian legitimate government to create a second Afganistan or Iraq. They are terrorist supporters, sponsors. It is high time to lay bare their hypocrisy.
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    by: Lebanese from: Beirut
    June 22, 2013 8:45 AM
    Well said.
    I cant believe US is supporting terrorism now.

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