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Kerry: Assad Wants Battlefield Victory, Not Talks

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry talks to journalists during a joint press conference with Indonesia's foreign minister at the Foreign Ministry in Jakarta on February 17.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is trying to win Syria's civil war on the battlefield and is not negotiating "in good faith" to find a solution through peace talks.

Kerry's remarks in Jakarta on February 17 came after Britain and France also blamed Assad's regime for the breakdown of peace talks in Geneva on February 15.

France's Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said Assad's regime had "blocked any progress," while British Foreign Secretary William Hague said that "the responsibility for it lies squarely with the Assad regime."

Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem on February 16 accused Washington of trying to create a "negative climate" for the second round of dialogue in Geneva.

International envoy Lakhdar Brahimi apologized to the Syrian people for the failed negotiations. A date has not been set for a third round.

Based on reporting by Reuters, AP, AFP, and BBC