Kerry seeks ‘clarity’ within 48 hours on Syria peace talks

US Secretary of State John Kerry said he hoped for “clarity” within 48 hours on talks aimed at ending Syria’s five-year war which had been due to start Monday.

Speaking in Laos, America’s top diplomat said he had held a flurry of conversations with key parties including his French, Turkish, Russian and Saudi counterparts to try to get the talks to the starting line.

Representatives of the Syrian government and opposition had been set to meet in Geneva on Monday as part of a UN-endorsed 18-month peace plan.

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But a dispute over whether armed groups should be able to sit at the table to represent the opposition appears poised to delay the talks.