Kerry: 'Kinks' in Syrian opposition framework

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Posted: Dec 11, 2015 8:50 AM

LE BOURGET, France (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says there are "kinks" in a framework agreed to by rival Syrian opposition groups for peace talks that must be worked. Those must be addressed if a planned high-level diplomatic conference is to be held as scheduled at the United Nations later this month.

Speaking Friday on the sidelines of global climate talks outside Paris, Kerry said there are some questions and "kinks to be worked out" in the agreement put together at an opposition meeting in Saudi Arabia.

He did not elaborate on the questions but says he is in touch with the Saudi crown prince and foreign minister and adds he is "confident" the issues will be resolved. The upcoming meeting at the U.N. is tentatively set for Dec. 18, and Kerry says it will be dependent on the answers to his questions.

Syrian opposition factions agreed Thursday on a framework that would guide proposed U.N.-backed peace talks with the government. However, one powerful insurgent faction pulled out of the talks to protest the role given to groups it said are close to the Syrian government.