World major states and regional powers agreed Saturday on the time table
of establishing a transition government of Syria, and to hold an
election within 18 months, but failed to bridge gaps over the future of
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
After the one-day meeting here, German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter
Steinmeier told reporters that participants of the Syria talks agreed to
start immediate talks with opposition groups in Syria, but the talks
could be difficult, noting sides aim to hold an election in Syria within
According to a joint statement released by the United Nations, the talks
between difference sides in Syria should establish "credible, inclusive
and nonsectarian" transitional government that would set a schedule for
drafting a new constitution in six month, then a UN-supervised election
would then be held within 18 months.
Kerry also announced agreement on the date, Jan. 1, for the start of
talks between al-Assad’s government and the opposition.
It’s clear the talks made some progress over ending the ongoing crisis
in Syria, while the meeting failed to bridge gaps over the role and
future of al-Assad.
Russian foreign minister Lavrov said Russia and the United States are
keeping in touch to prevent conflict in Syria, as both sides deployed
military forces in the region.
However, the two sides still have differences over Russian military
operation in Syria, as the United States said Moscow is attacking
anti-al-Assad force in Syria while Russia emphasized they are fighting