Kerry says time to reexamine ways to end Syrian conflict


US Secretary of State Kerry gestures during his news conference at the UN in GenevaThe Syrian conflict has gone on for too long and it is time to reexamine ways to end the four-year war and worsening refugee crisis, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Friday on the first day of talks in Europe.

Kerry said initial military talks between the United States and Russia by telephone on Friday were an important beginning to avoid either side coming into conflict with the other in Syria.

The talks between U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter and Sergei Shoigu, the Russian minister of defence, were the first looking at exploring ways to avoid accidental military interactions in Syria.

With Russia’s military build up in Syria in recent weeks and thousands of Syrian refugees streaming into Europe, many fleeing the civil war and Islamic State militants who control territory, Kerry said a solution to the Syrian crisis was urgently needed.

“We have all reached a sense … this has gone on too long,” Kerry told Britain’s Channel 4 News. “We therefore need to retool and calibrate and that is exactly what we’re doing. It is one of the reasons why we’re in Europe right now,” he added. read more