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U.S., Russia propose ceasefire in Syria ahead of peace talks Updated: 2014-01-14 04:07:38 KST

The United States and Russia are calling for the warring sides in Syria's civil war to let humanitarian aid flow and enforce local ceasefires.
Meeting in Paris Monday, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, and UN envoy for Syria Lakhdar Brahimi talked about the possibility of trying to encourage all sides to lay down their arms for a while.
Kerry suggested a localized ceasefire, beginning with Aleppo.
The talks, which come ahead of a second peace conference for Syria in Geneva this month, also touched on the possibility of prisoner exchanges, as well as opening humanitarian access to besieged areas.
Kerry said rebel groups had agreed to Washington's ideas, and that Lavrov has talked to the Syrian government, which may be prepared to fulfill some of the proposed steps.
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