Kerry, Lavrov Say New Syria Agreement Close

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, left, speaks as he and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov address reporters during a joint news conference following a bilateral meeting focused on Syria, in Geneva, Aug. 26, 2016.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, left, speaks as he and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov address reporters during a joint news conference following a bilateral meeting focused on Syria, in Geneva, Aug. 26, 2016.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Friday that the situation in Syria had “dramatically deteriorated” since the “brief oasis of calm” following a cessation- of-hostilities agreement, and he promised that the U.S. and Russia were close to a new agreement on a more durable arrangement.

Kerry spoke in Geneva after meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. They discussed ways to agree on military cooperation and information sharing in a bid to defeat Islamic State militants in Syria — something both sides want.

Kerry said that Syrians benefited from the calm following the February accord, but that the gains were lost again when violations of the agreement began.

He said “the cessation, even flawed, was valuable.” But he said violations “eventually became the norm, rather than the exception.” READ MORE OF THIS STORY

SPOURCES: VOA News Online

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.