|Kerry urges Syrian opposition to attend Rome talks||
LONDON (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry urged members of the Syrian opposition to turn up for talks in Rome this week, insisting that more help is on the way in their fight against President Bashar Assad.
Kerry was in London for the first leg of his debut overseas trip — a hectic nine-country dash through Europe and the Middle East. The tail end of that trip will be a Syrian opposition conference in Rome, which some members of the sharply divided Syrian opposition council have threatened to boycott.
Kerry appealed directly to the opposition, telling a London press conference Monday that he is hopeful they will join the talks and is confident that steps will be taken to stem “unacceptable” bloodshed in Syria.
“We are determined that the Syrian opposition is not going to be dangling in the wind, wondering where the support is, if it is coming,” he said. ““We are not going to let the Syrian opposition not have its ability to have its voice properly heard in this process.”
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