08:53 14 September 2013
Following weeks of tense talks and several debates, US Secretary of State John Kerry and his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov have started crucial talks on securing chemical weapons in Geneva. Proving that progress is made, Kerry described the meeting as “constructive.” However, the US Secretary admit that further progress will depend on Syria’s government adherence in placing its chemical weapons under the international control.
US and its allies accuse Syrian government of using chemical weapons that killed dozens of people. The latest attack took place in the Ghouta area in Damascus on August 21. However, the government has denied all allegations and blamed actions on rebel groups.
Meanwhile, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, have revealed on Friday that a UN report due out next week will confirm "an overwhelming report that chemical weapons were used".
However, US state department spokeswoman Marie Harf, said that US would not assign blame and that it would reinforce what was already said" about the Ghouta incident.
Speaking after a brief news conference, Mr Kerry said: US and Russia were "deeply committed to a negotiated solution" to the conflict in Syria and he and Mr Lavrov were "working hard to find the common ground to be able to make that happen".
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