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US seeking to get Assad to negotiate end to Syria war

Syrian erect a pre-Baath Syrian flag, that was adopted by the Syrian revolution during the uprising, on top of a building in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo on March 15, 2015, to mark the fourth anniversary of Syria's conflictAs the devastating war in Syria entered its fifth year Sunday, the US said it would have to negotiate with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad as it seeks to “reignite” new peace talks. We’ve always been willing to negotiate in the context of the Geneva I process,” US Secretary of State John Kerry said when asked by CBS television if he would negotiate with Assad. His spokeswoman stressed however there had been no change in US policy as it was envisioned any talks would be held with representatives of the Assad regime rather than directly with the Syrian leader. “Our policy has not changed — there is no future for a brutal dictator like Assad in Syria,” said Deputy State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf in a statement.

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