Kerry Predicts Early June Syrian Peace Summit

Posted on: May 15th, 2013 by ABC News No Comments

Brendan Smialowski/Getty Images(STOCKHOLM) — Secretary of State John Kerry expressed optimism on Tuesday that a Syrian peace conference being brokered by Washington and Moscow will occur in early June.

Speaking with reporters in Stockholm, America’s top envoy said he was confident that officials from President Bashar al-Assad’s regime and the main opposition will be in attendance.

His announcement came as Syrian Information Minister Omran al-Zoubi said Damascus wants more details about the summit before his government agrees to send representatives.

However, Kerry warned of dire consequences if Damascus decides not to participate. 

“If President Assad decides to miscalculate again about that, as he has miscalculated about his own country’s future over the course of the last years, it is clear the opposition will be receiving additional support, there will be additional efforts made, and unfortunately the violence will not end,” said Kerry.

The secretary of state did not elaborate on what kind of extra assistance the rebel forces would receive.

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