US and Russia at odds as Syria talks continue

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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry shakes hands with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, right, during a press conference before their meeting to discuss the ongoing crisis in Syria, in Geneva, Switzerland, Thursday Sept. 12, 2013. Secretary of State John Kerry and his team have opened two days of meetings with their Russian counterparts in Geneva. Kerry is hoping to come away with the outlines of a plan for securing and destroying vast stockpiles of Syrian chemical weapons. (AP Photo/Larry Downing, Pool)
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GENEVA (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov say the prospects for a resumption in the Syria peace process are riding on the outcome of their chemical weapons talks.

Kerry, flanked by Lavrov and the U.N.-Arab League envoy for Syria Lakhdar Brahimi, told reporters Friday at the U.N. in Geneva after an hour-long meeting that the chances for a second peace conference in Geneva "will obviously depend on the capacity to have success here ... on the subject of the chemical weapons."

Brahimi also met privately with Kerry at a Geneva hotel on Thursday to explore ways to resume international negotiations last held in Geneva in June 2012 aimed at ending the Syrian civil war.

Lavrov says it's "very unfortunate that for a long time that the Geneva communique was basically abandoned."

Kerry and Lavrov say they will meet again in New York toward the end of the month to try to fix a date for second conference.

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