Russia, US to meet at UN General Assembly to set peace talks date: Kerry
GENEVA (AFP) - United States Secretary of State John Kerry said on Friday he would meet his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov again in New York later this month to try to set a date for a long-delayed peace conference for Syria.
"We both agreed... to meet again in New York around the time of the UN General Assembly around the 28th in order to see if it is possible then to find a date for that conference," Mr Kerry told reporters at a joint press briefing in Geneva with Lavrov and the United Nations-Arab League envoy to Syria Lakhdar Brahimi.
The peace talks, first proposed during Mr Kerry's visit to Moscow earlier this year, have failed so far to materialise, while the fighting on the ground in Syria has intensified.
Mr Kerry said both Russia and the US were "deeply concerned about the death toll and destruction, the acts on both sides, all sides, that are creating more and more refugees, more and more of a humanitarian catastrophe".