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Kerry appeals for political solution in Syria

English.news.cn   2014-02-17 16:54:37


U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (L) and Indonesian Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa attend a press conference after Fourth Joint Commission Meeting between two countries in Jakarta, Indonesia, Feb. 17, 2014. (Xinhua/Agung Kuncahya B.) 

JAKARTA, Feb. 17 (Xinhua) -- U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry called here Monday for international parties to work toward a political solution to the Syria conflict following the peace talks closed last weekend with no concrete progress.

Kerry made these remarks at a press conference with Indonesian Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa in Jakarta, the third stop of his regional trip.

"The international community needs to use this recess in the Geneva talks to determine how to use this time most effectively in order to bring about a political solution," Kerry said, accusing Syria's Bashar government "has not engaged in the discussions along the promised and required standard."

The UN mediator Lakhdar Brahimi has apologized Saturday to the Syrian people after peace talks in Geneva to stop the three-year Syria civil conflict ended with little evidence of progress.

Kerry said Syria is the tragedy of the world, "the number of refugees within Syria has gone up about 50 percent and the number of refugees out of Syria has gone up about 33 percent since October."

According to UN figures, more than 100,000 people have been killed since the conflict in Syria erupted in March 2011. About 8 million have been driven from their homes in the war-torn country, with 2 million of them seeking refuge in neighboring countries.

"The talks are taking a recess at the moment, Kerry said, " but all of us need to remember there is no recess to the people of Syria who are suffering."

During the visit in Indonesia starting Saturday, Kerry has co- chair the Joint Commission Meeting under the U.S.-Indonesia Comprehensive Partnership to strengthen bilateral ties and signed the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on South-South and Triangular Cooperation and MOU on Combating on Wildlife Trafficking and Promotion of Wildlife Conservation.

In Jakarta, Kerry has also discussed climate change with Indonesian authorities and pushed Southeast Asia's largest economy to set up combating efforts.

On Sunday afternoon, Kerry paid a courtesy call on Secretary- General of ASEAN to underline the importance of U.S. engagement with ASEAN in the bloc's headquarters.

Kerry arrived in Indonesia after visiting South Korea and China and he is scheduled to fly to Abu Dhabi on Monday afternoon.

Editor: Yang Yi
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