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    Kerry to Discuss Syrian Ceasefire With Lavrov in a Phone Call

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    US State Secretary John Kerry is going to discuss full-scale Syrian ceasefire during a phone conversation with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov later on Monday.

    GENEVA (Sputnik) — US State Secretary John Kerry said Monday he wanted to bring up the issue of a nationwide Syrian ceasefire during a phone conversation with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov later in the day.

    "I will be talking later today by telephone with Foreign Minister Lavrov and Staffan de Mistura will be traveling to Moscow tomorrow," Kerry told reporters in Geneva.

    "We are trying in the next hours to see if it is possible to reach agreement that will not just re-implement the cessation but create a path forward for the cessation to hold so that there is not just one day of silence, two days of silence but an ongoing process that relieves people of Syria from this devastation," he stressed.

    A ceasefire hammered out by Russia and the United States has been in place in parts of Syria since late February. UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura said last week that the truce was barely holding and urged the two powers to save the peace process.

    Kerry arrived in Geneva on Sunday to hold talks on the Syrian peace with de Mistura, as well as Jordanian and Saudi senior diplomats. He is also set to speak with the Russian foreign minister on the phone later on Monday.


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