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Lavrov optimistic ahead of Geneva talks

Saturday, June 30, 2012 - 01:41

June 30 - Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said the US seemed open to a compromise on Syria during talks with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Julie Noce reports.

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The latest amateur video from Syria purports to show continued violence... Reuters cannot verify the content of this video. It appears to show a group of protesters-- (nats bombs) who are fired upon by Syrian forces. As the fighting between anti-government rebels and those loyal to President Bashar al-Assad continues... the U.N. Security Council are set to meet in Geneva on Saturday to discuss a way forward. Prior to the conference, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton met her Russian counter part Sergei Lavrov in St. Petersburg. The two discussed sticking points in a plan brokered by mediator Kofi Annan... namely whether President Assad will be forced to step down. Despite earlier comments by both the U.S. and Russia to the contrary, Lavrov said discussions with Clinton left the door open for compromise. (SOUNDBITE) (Russian) RUSSIAN FOREIGN MINISTER SERGEI LAVROV, SAYING: "I felt a change in my colleague Hillary Clinton's position. There were no ultimatums. Not a word was said that the document we will discuss in Geneva cannot be touched (changed) - such estimations were given by the representatives of (U.S.) State Department and the White House only yesterday and the day before yesterday. Nothing like that was said (during the talks Foreign ministers of the 5 members of the United Nations security council will attend the meetings in Geneva along with several the U.N Secretary General and the chief of the Arab League. Julie Noce, Reuters .

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Lavrov optimistic ahead of Geneva talks

Saturday, June 30, 2012 - 01:41