Kerry says there will be no 'fundamental delay' in Syria talks

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Posted: Jan 21, 2016 7:05 AM

DAVOS (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Thursday that internationally brokered talks between Syria's government and opposition groups this month may be delayed by a day or two, but there would be no fundamental delay.

Asked at the start of a meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Davos if he was concerned that a delay in the talks that have been scheduled to start in Geneva on Jan. 25 may lead to a loss of momentum, Kerry said:

"When you say a delay, it may be a day or two for invitations, but there is not going to be a fundamental delay. The process will begin on the 25th and they will get together and see where we are."

The U.N. Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura said on Wednesday the talks may be delayed, but major powers must keep up the pressure to bring participants to the table.

(Reporting by David Brunnstrom; Editing by Alison Williams)