Kerry urges Assad to commit to peace ahead of talks

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AMMAN, JORDAN. MAY 22, 2013. SOURCE: AFPTV

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-US Secretary of State John Kerry arriving on stage

SOUNDBITE 1: John Kerry (man), US Secretary of State, (English 11 sec):

"All the partners come here to meet this evening with a goal of putting an end to the bloodshed that has cost tens of thousands of lives."

SOUNDBITE 2: John Kerry (man), US Secretary of State , (English 13 sec): "We would call on President Assad to exhibit the same commitment to try and define peace in his own country."

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URGENT ¥¥¥ Kerry urges Assad to commit to peace ahead of talks

AMMAN, May 22, 2013 (AFP) - US Secretary of State John Kerry called on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on Wednesday to make "a commitment to define peace in his country," ahead of a meeting of the Friends of Syria group in Amman.

Speaking at a press conference with his Jordanian counterpart, Nasser Judeh, Kerry said a US-Russian proposed conference in Geneva seeks "to end the bloodshed what has cost tens of thousands of lives."

"We would call on President Assad to make the same commitment to find peace in his country," Kerry said.

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