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Russia criticizes U.S. policy on Syria ahead of Kerry Moscow go to

MOSCOW Russia stepped up its criticism of U.S. policy on Syria on the eve of a check out to Moscow by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, saying the United States had not shown it was prepared to cooperate fully in the struggle against Islamic State militants.

Russia would continue to urge Washington to rethink its policy of “dividing terrorists into excellent and bad ones”, Russia’s Foreign Ministry stated in a statement on Monday, ahead of Kerry’s visit to Moscow, which is scheduled for Dec. 15.

(Reporting by Lidia Kelly Writing by Dmitry Solovyov Editing by Andrew Osborn)

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Kerry says aiming for New York Syria meeting on December 18

PARIS Nations involved in the Syrian peace approach are set to meet in New York on Dec. 18 but the talks may hinge on efforts to unite Syrian opposition groups in the coming days, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry mentioned on Tuesday.

Russia, the United States, European and Middle Eastern nations agreed final month on a two-year timeline top to Syrian national elections, but left several concerns unresolved, most notably the fate of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

The countries involved in the talks, which also consist of Saudi Arabia, Iran and Turkey, laid out a plan which includes formal talks in between the government and opposition from Jan. 1.

To achieve that timeline, Saudi Arabia is hosting a conference this week to attempt to unite Syria’s divided rebel and opposition groups, who are attempting to forge a typical platform to be in a position to negotiate with the Syrian government.

“Based on the outcome of each the Saudi-led conference of the opposition that is taking spot in the next days, as properly as a few other troubles, it is our strategy to attempt … (to) have a meeting in New York on December 18,” Kerry said.

“But once more, it depends on the flow of events more than the next week,” he told reporters right after meeting U.N. Secretary Basic Ban Ki-moon at the climate adjust talks at Le Bourget on the outskirts of Paris.

A crucial concern for a ceasefire will be determining which groups fighting Assad will be branded moderate opposition fighters deserving of a seat at the negotiating table and which will be labeled terrorists.

Opposition groups deemed reputable will be invited to take part in the ceasefire although those labeled terrorists, so far Islamic State and al-Qaeda-linked groups, will be treated as fair game for Syrian government forces, Russia, the United States, France and other folks conducting air strikes in Syria.

“It is completely necessary that as was agreed in Vienna, there ought to be a nationwide ceasefire as quickly as feasible,” Ban stated. “In New York I hope we will have a firm and strong basis so that the ceasefire can be launched as nicely as the political approach.”

(Writing by John Irish editing by Andrew Callus and Estelle Shirbon)

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Syria talks will take spot in New York this month: Kerry

WASHINGTON Secretary of State John Kerry mentioned on Saturday the subsequent round of talks on the Syrian crisis would take place in New York later this month.

“The governments involved are going to meet later in this month in New York in order to continue to move this procedure forward,” Kerry stated in a speech to the Brookings Institution in Washington. 

“Our goal is to facilitate a transition that all parties have stated that they support,” he added.

Final month, Russia, the United States and powers from Europe and the Middle East met in Vienna, Austria for a second round of talks and outlined a plan for a political method in Syria top to elections inside two years. 

(Reporting by Idrees Ali Editing by Chizu Nomiyama)

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U.S. Secretary of State Kerry condemns Israeli settlement developing

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WASHINGTON U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry strongly condemned the building of settlements by Israel and said it raised queries about Israel’s extended-term intentions.

“Nearly all of Area C, which comprises 60 % of the West Bank, is effectively restricted for any Palestinian development,” Kerry mentioned in a speech at the Brookings Institution.

(Reporting by Idrees Ali Editing by Alan Crosby)

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Syria government, rebels could cooperate vs IS ahead of Assad goes: Kerry

ATHENS U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry mentioned on Friday it may well be attainable for the Syrian government and rebel forces to cooperate against Islamic State militants with no Syrian President Bashar al-Assad obtaining very first left power.

However, Kerry said it would be “exceedingly challenging” to obtain this if rebel forces that have been fighting against Assad for far more than four years did not have some confidence that the Syrian leader would ultimately go.

Kerry was asked at a news conference throughout a pay a visit to to Greece regardless of whether Assad’s departure was a precondition for Western-backed rebels to cooperate with government troops against IS, which has captured a swathe of Syria and Iraq and carried out a string of attacks in other nations.

“With respect to the question of Assad and the timing, I think the answer is … it is not clear that he would have to ‘go’ if there was clarity with respect to what his future may well or may well not be,” Kerry stated.

That clarification could come in numerous forms that would give certainty to the opposition.

“But it would be exceedingly tough to cooperate with out some indication or self-assurance on the portion of those who have been fighting him that in reality there is a resolution or a resolution in sight,” Kerry added.

Otherwise the rebels would really feel they were helping and entrenching Assad, which would be entirely unacceptable, he mentioned.

Russia and Iran, Assad’s principal allies, have mentioned it will be up to the Syrian folks to make a decision on Assad’s part at a future presidential election.

Russia has intervened militarily in support of Assad with air strikes against each IS and Western-backed rebels, while a U.S.-led coalition of Western and Sunni Arab states has been waging an air campaign against IS in Syria and Iraq.

A U.S. official who spoke to reporters on situation of anonymity said Kerry’s message was that Assad “does not have to go proper now”, offered there was a clear political transition in prospect, a position Washington has held for months.

(Reporting by Arshad Mohammed Writing by Paul Taylor Editing by Gareth Jones)

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Air strikes alone will not defeat Islamic State, Kerry warns

BELGRADE Syrian and Arab ground forces have to be found to take on Islamic State, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Thursday, warning the militant group would not be defeated by air strikes alone.

Kerry was speaking hours after Britain launched bombing raids against Islamic State targets in Syria, joining forces with France and the United States almost three weeks after the jihadist group killed 130 folks in attacks across Paris.

British Prime Minister David Cameron says there are as several as 70,000 moderate opposition fighters in Syria ready to take on Islamic State with the help of foreign air strikes, an assertion opponents of the bombing campaign have questioned.

“I think we know that with out the capacity to uncover some ground forces that are ready to take on Daesh, this will not be won fully from the air,” Kerry mentioned at a meeting in Belgrade of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE).

Daesh is an Arabic name for the jihadist group commonly recognized as Islamic State. Asked later if he meant Western ground forces, Kerry stated: “(I’m) speaking about Syrian and Arab, as we have been consistently.”

In a policy reversal, the United States on Oct. 30 said it would deploy up to 50 U.S. specific forces to Syria to coordinate on the ground with U.S.-backed rebels.

Kerry met his Russian counterpart, Sergei Lavrov, on the sidelines of the OSCE meeting, with Washington and Moscow at odds over the fate of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad far more than 4 years into a war that has killed more than 250,000 men and women.

The West says Assad should go, but Russia launched its personal air strikes on Sept. 30 in support of his government, saying it was going right after Islamic State. Western officials say Russian jets have hit mainly other anti-Assad rebels.

Kerry stated a “political transition” in Syria would pave the way for a united front against Islamic State – “the Syrian army with each other with the opposition … collectively with Russia, the United States and other individuals to go and fight Daesh.”

“Just imagine how speedily this scourge could be eliminated, in a matter of literally months, if we have been capable to safe that type of political resolution.”

(Writing by Matt Robinson Editing by Mark Trevelyan)

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