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Germany: Kerry says 'common sense' can end Aleppo bloodshed00:43

Germany: Kerry says 'common sense' can end Aleppo bloodshed

Germany, Hamburg
December 7, 2016 at 20:49 GMT -00:00 · Published

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and US Secretary of State John Kerry held a bilateral meeting in Hamburg on Wednesday.

The discussion, which took place ahead of Thursday's 23rd OSCE Ministerial Council gathering, started with a short delay due to John Kerry's being late. When entering the meeting room Sergei Lavrov told journalists that they were wrong in expecting "German punctuality."

On entering the venue of the talks, Kerry was asked what it would take to end the bloodshed in Aleppo, to which he replied "common sense."

The Syrian crisis, and particularly a joint plan of action for Aleppo, including the withdrawal of militants from its eastern neighbourhoods, is believed to top the agenda of the bilateral meeting.

This talks between the two diplomats are the second in less than a week, as Lavrov and Kerry discussed a possible settlement in Syria last Friday in Rome.

In Hamburg, Lavrov is also due to take part in the two-day-long OSCE Ministerial Council meeting as well as to hold multilateral and bilateral meetings on its sidelines.

Germany: Kerry says 'common sense' can end Aleppo bloodshed00:43
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Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and US Secretary of State John Kerry held a bilateral meeting in Hamburg on Wednesday.

The discussion, which took place ahead of Thursday's 23rd OSCE Ministerial Council gathering, started with a short delay due to John Kerry's being late. When entering the meeting room Sergei Lavrov told journalists that they were wrong in expecting "German punctuality."

On entering the venue of the talks, Kerry was asked what it would take to end the bloodshed in Aleppo, to which he replied "common sense."

The Syrian crisis, and particularly a joint plan of action for Aleppo, including the withdrawal of militants from its eastern neighbourhoods, is believed to top the agenda of the bilateral meeting.

This talks between the two diplomats are the second in less than a week, as Lavrov and Kerry discussed a possible settlement in Syria last Friday in Rome.

In Hamburg, Lavrov is also due to take part in the two-day-long OSCE Ministerial Council meeting as well as to hold multilateral and bilateral meetings on its sidelines.

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