米国務長官:シリア内戦で一転「アサド氏と交渉する必要」 - 毎日新聞



 シリア内戦では2014年1月に国連の仲介で政権側と反体制派の和平交渉が行われたが、戦闘はその後も続き、イスラム過激派組織「イスラム国」(IS=Islamic State)の勢力拡大もあって、交渉は停滞している。


US will ‘have to negotiate’ with Syria’s Assad – Kerry ― RT News

Washington will have to negotiate with Syrian President Bashar Assad about a political transition in war-torn country, US Secretary of State John Kerry told CBS News on Sunday.

"We have to negotiate in the end. We've always been willing to negotiate in the context of the Geneva-1 process,” Kerry said, referring to the June 30, 2012 peace conference on Syria.

Kerry added that the US and some other countries were trying to restart talks on the resolution of the conflict in Syria, which has now entered its fifth year.

"What we're pushing for is to get [Assad] to come and do that, and it may require that there be increased pressure on him of various kinds in order to do that," Kerry said. "We've made it very clear to people that we are looking at increased steps that can help bring about that pressure."

Some Western states, particularly the US, have insisted that Assad should step down. Kerry even said on March 5 that “military pressure” may be needed to oust the Syrian president. Kerry’s statement on Sunday, given in an interview to US media, hints that Washington may be softening its stance towards the Syrian government.