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Kerry: Syrian groups still weighing negotiations

Published: Saturday, July 4 2015 9:23 a.m. MDT

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry speaks to the media at the British Foreign Office in London, Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2013.  (Alastair Grant, Associated Press) U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry speaks to the media at the British Foreign Office in London, Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2013. (Alastair Grant, Associated Press)

LONDON — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says Syria's moderate opposition officials are still weighing whether to enter negotiations with President Bashar Assad to create a new government and end the nation's bloody civil war.

Kerry spoke after meeting Tuesday with opposition leader Ahmad al-Jarba, and said he was hopeful that negotiations could begin as early as next month.

But Kerry said al-Jarba's coalition would decide within the week whether it was ready to meet with Assad's government on ways to move forward after 2 1/2 years of war that has killed more than 100,000.

Both Kerry and al-Jarba were in London meeting with diplomats from 11 Western and Mideast nations who are trying to reach a settlement.

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