Testy exchanges set tone at Syrian talks

Posted: January 23, 2014 at 5:26 a.m.

At a news conference Wednesday in Montreux, Switzerland, Secretary of State John Kerry said it was unthinkable that Syrian President Bashar Assad would have a role in a transitional government.

Friction and acrimony broke out almost immediately Wednesday at the start of a long-delayed peace conference on Syria, casting doubt on the prospects for easing hostilities or even opening up emergency aid corridors to help besieged civilians.

Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Mouallem talks with European Union foreign-policy chief Catherine Ashton during a break Wednesday in peace talks in M...

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