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    Syria Talks to Go Ahead as Planned

    FILE - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry testifies before a House Appropriations subcommittee in Washington, Feb. 24, 2016.
    FILE - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry testifies before a House Appropriations subcommittee in Washington, Feb. 24, 2016.
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    The United States' top diplomat said the U.N.-sponsored peace talks on Syria should go ahead as planned Monday despite what he called "perceived truce violations" by the Syrian government.

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Russian and American monitors were meeting in both Geneva and Amman Saturday to try to figure out how to reduce the violence in Syria.

    "The level of violence by all accounts has been reduced by 80 to 90 percent, which is very, very significant," Kerry said Saturday in Saudi Arabia.

    FILE - Civil defense workers remove dead bodies from under debris after an airstrike on Kafr Hamra village in the northern Aleppo countryside of Syria, Feb. 27, 2016.
    FILE - Civil defense workers remove dead bodies from under debris after an airstrike on Kafr Hamra village in the northern Aleppo countryside of Syria, Feb. 27, 2016.

    Meanwhile, Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Muallem said the Syrian government remained committed to the cease-fire agreement, but its delegation to the peace talks would only wait 24 hours for the opposition delegation to arrive for the talks.

    Muallem said Saturday in Damascus that the diplomats would leave for Geneva Sunday.

    A Syrian opposition official said the foreign minister was "halting Geneva talks before they start."

    Syria's main opposition group has said it will attend the peace talks in Geneva

    Syria's Foreign Minister Walid al-Moualem speaks during a news conference in Damascus, Syria, March 12, 2016.
    Syria's Foreign Minister Walid al-Moualem speaks during a news conference in Damascus, Syria, March 12, 2016.

    In another development, Muallem said the Syrian government would not talk to anyone who wanted to discuss the presidency. He said U.N. envoy Staffan de Mistura has "no right"  to discuss the future of the country's presidential elections.

    The U.S. State Department said the cease-fire "has produced a dramatic reduction in violence," but warned the regime continues to carry out attacks.

    U.N. officials say the cessation of hostilities agreement has made it possible for U.N. and partner agencies to deliver food, medicine and other aid to 115,000 Syrian civilians living in areas under siege by government or opposition forces.

    They say aid agencies were unable to access any of these areas last year.

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    by: meanbill from: USA
    March 12, 2016 9:42 AM
    Kerry represents the US side in their proxy war against the Syrian government? .. Remember that there are only (2 sides) in any war? .. (2 sides) .. The US side with NATO and their Sunni Muslim allies, and the terrorist/rebels that do the actual fighting for them against the Shia Muslim Syrian government, [versus], the Syrian government, with the Russians and Iran helping them, with Syrian, Hezbollah and Iranian volunteers helping to defend against the US side terrorist/rebels?

    Since the US and Russia are the only opposing super powers, they will negotiate any ceasefire and peace agreements if any, and their allies and fighters (be they terrorist/rebels or other) will abide by whatever terms and conditions the US and Russia agree on, because without US or Russian support their allies and fighters couldn't survive? .. And Europe is demanding the US stop their proxy war against Syria, to stop the flow of migrants overwhelming Europe? .. And Obama's term as president ends soon, and the next president won't be a Sunni Muslim? .. The Syrian war will end, because the US has no other choice or plan #B option?

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