Reuters: U.S. says progress made in Syria talks, but unclear if final deal can be reached
The United States and Russia made progress on Friday towards advancing proposals for a nationwide ceasefire in Syria, but technical details still needed to be worked out, a senior official of the U.S. State Department said.
The United States and Russia have backed opposite sides in Syria's civil war, which shows little sign of ending after 5-1/2 years of violence in which half the pre-war population has been uprooted. Moscow supports President Bashar al-Assad and Washington supports the opposition, saying Assad must go.
"Discussions continue into the early evening, as technical issues are worked out between the two teams," the official said after a day of talks in Geneva between U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.
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WNU Editor: I am very sceptical that these talks will result in anything meaningful. The U.S. and its allies have been squeezed out of Syria, as this post explains .... US, Europe have been pushed to the fringes in Syria (CNN).