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Vienna: Syria negotiators agree to speed up peace process

THE LEVANT NEWS — VIENNA: Parties to Syrian peace talks agreed on Saturday to accelerate efforts to end the conflict in Syria by launching negotiations between the government and opposition by January and holding elections within 18 months, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said.

Kerry told a news conference after talks in Vienna that the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council also agreed to pass a resolution in favor of a ceasefire in Syria.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said there was growing consensus among global powers that they had to work together to confront ISIS.

“Today, I have held bilateral meetings and I have a feeling that there is a growing recognition of the need to create an effective international coalition to fight Islamic State(ISIS),” he said at the same news conference.

Source: Reuters

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