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        1/13/2014, Shevat 12, 5774

      Russia and US Promoting Syria Peace Talks


      The Guardian reports Syria's government and the opposition have agreed to consider opening humanitarian access in the run-up to a peace conference that would bring the sides together for the first time, top diplomats for Russia and the US said on Monday.

      Speaking in the midst of a two-day series of meetings in Paris, says The Guardian, the Russian Foreign Minister, Sergei Lavrov, and the US Secretary of State, John Kerry, also said they were pressing for a ceasefire and prisoner exchange between the warring sides.

      But the Damascus government derided the meetings in Paris, adds The Guardian, saying in a statement they were "closer to illusions than reality and taken by people who are detached from reality and extremely far from any acceptable political logic". Russia has been one of Syria's closest allies.