Kerry says confident Syria ceasefire can be reached, warns Assad

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Posted: May 03, 2016 3:26 PM

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Tuesday he believed a ceasefire deal could still be restored in Syria despite escalating violence and warned President Bashar al-Assad of "repercussions" unless he sticks to the agreement.

"The line they are trying to draw now would prohibit any kind of incursion of Aleppo, it will not allow Aleppo to fall," Kerry told reporters a day after meetings in Geneva.

"If Assad does not adhere to this, there will clearly be repercussions, and one of them may be the total destruction of the ceasefire and then go back to war. I don't think Russia wants that."

(Reporting by Lesley Wroughton; Editing by David Alexander)