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Tripartite meeting on Syria ends without concrete outcome


08:03, June 26, 2013

GENEVA, June 25 (Xinhua) -- The meeting of officials of the United Nations, Russia and the United States on preparation work for the Geneva Conference on Syria concluded Tuesday without producing concrete results.

"The discussions were constructive, and focused on ways to ensure that the Geneva Conference on Syria can take place with the best chances of success," said a statement issued by the UN after the closed-door meeting.

It said that the meeting has been informed that Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry would be meeting next week.

Further consultations among the UN, Russia and the U.S. would take place thereafter on the date of the Conference and to complete the list of participants, according to the statement.

The UN-Arab League Joint Special Representative for Syria Lakhdar Brahimi and Russian Deputy Ministers of Foreign Affairs Mikhail Bogdanov and Gennady Gatilov, and the U.S. Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Wendy Sherman attended the meeting.

Brahimi told reporters before the meeting Tuesday afternoon that the conference on finding a political solution to the more than two-year long crisis was unlikely to take place in July.

"Frankly now I doubt whether the conference will take place in July. The opposition, I think their next meeting is on the 4 and 5 July, so I don't think they will be ready," Brahimi said.

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