Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Kerry: No military solution for Syria

US Secretary of State John Kerry says there is no military solution to the civil war in Syria.

He made the remark in Tunisia on Tuesday following the suspension of peace talks. The government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and opposition leaders halted the talks in Geneva without achieving concrete results or setting a date for their next meeting.

Kerry said it's important for people to come up with a strategy that will allow them to return to the negotiating table.

Kerry said he wants to emphasize that there is no military solution. He called for continued efforts to pursue a diplomatic resolution.

NHK's correspondent in Washington says Kerry's comment highlights the stance of President Barack Obama's administration, and indicates that US officials are considering new measures to help end the conflict.

The United States is currently holding talks with Russia, which supports Assad's government.

In late March, Obama is scheduled to visit Saudi Arabia, which backs the Syrian opposition.