Kerry Confirms New York to Host Next Round of Talks on Syria in December

© REUTERS / Brendan Smialowski/PoolUS Secretary of State John Kerry speaks at Nazarbayev University on November 2, 2015 in Astana.
US Secretary of State John Kerry speaks at Nazarbayev University on November 2, 2015 in Astana. - Sputnik International
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John Kerry said that the third round of talks on Syria crisis settlement will take place in New York later in December.

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New York Likely to Host Third Round of Talks on Syria
WASHINGTON (Sputnik) – The third round of talks on Syria crisis settlement will take place in New York later in December, US Secretary of State John Kerry said Saturday.

"The talks on Syria will be [held] in New York later this month," Kerry said at a press briefing.

At the first round of Vienna talks in late October, international mediators elaborated a nine-point plan on ending the Syrian civil war, including a definition of national unity, the defeat of extremist groups and assistance to refugees.

During the second round of the talks, held on November 14, the mediators agreed to the upholding of the 2012 Geneva communique on reaching a political solution to the Syrian civil war. The participating states also set a six-month timeframe for Syria to form an interim unity government, while stipulating that elections in Syria should be held within 18 months.

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