UN-Russia agree on need for an International Conference on Syria as soon as possible: Ban

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Secretary-General at joint press conference with Sergey Lavrov

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov have agreed that an International Conference on Syria should be held as soon as possible to help the parties come to the negotiating table.  Secretary-General Ban, in Moscow on a brief visit, said they also discussed how the crisis in Syria is affecting the wider region.

“The crisis in Syria is first and foremost on our minds. I am deeply concerned about the ongoing violence and the terrible impact on millions of civilians. The United Nations is working to end the violence as soon as possible and transition to a new future where the Syrian people have peace, freedom, dignity and justice. We agreed that a negotiated political solution is the only way to end that crisis.”

Responding to reporters' questions as to the date of the meeting, Secretary-General Ban said there is high expectation that this meeting should be held as soon as possible.

He said they were working very hard to try to fix a date, noting that "We should not lose this momentum generated by Minister Lavrov and [US) Secretary of State Kerry.

Donn Bobb, United Nations.

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