U.s., Russia To Urge U.n. To Set Nov Date For Syria Peace Talks: Kerry

Kerry: US, Russia ‘pleased’ with steps toward dismantling Syria’s chemical weapons

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to set Nov date for Syria peace talks: Kerry U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (C) talks with Robert Wang (R), the U.S. Deputy Chief of Mission in China, during the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) ministerial meeting in Nusa Dua, Bali island October 5, 2013. Credit: Reuters/Beawiharta NUSA DUA, Indonesia | Sun Oct 6, 2013 11:50pm EDT NUSA DUA, Indonesia (Reuters) – The United States and Russia have agreed to press the United Nations to set a date for a Syria peace conference sometime in the second week of November, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Monday after talks with his Russian counterpart. “We will urge a date to be set as soon as possible,” Kerry told reporters at a joint news conference with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. Kerry also said that the start of the destruction of chemical weapons in Syria was a “good beginning” and, in unusual praise for Damascus, said Syria’s government should be given credit for complying with a recent U.N. resolution to destroy its chemical weapons arsenal. “I am not going to vouch today for what happens months down the road but it is a good beginning, and we should welcome a good beginning,” he added. (Reporting by Lesley Wroughton; Editing by Raju Gopalakrishnan)

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