Kerry says there is no military solution in Syria

There is no military solution to the Syrian conflict that left more than 100,000 people dead, only a political solution, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Thursday.

Kerry made the remarks during a press conference with U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon at the U.N. headquarters in New York on Thursday. Kerry said that the U.S. is committed to establishing a new Geneva conference that would result in the transition away from Bashar al-Assad's Syrian regime.

"There is no military solution to Syria," Kerry said. "There is only a political solution, and that will require leadership in order to bring people to the table. Yesterday I had a conversation with Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov of Russia. We remain committed to the effort to bring the parties to a Geneva II to implement Geneva I, and we will try our hardest to make that happen as soon as is possible."

Ban said that the military and violent actions must be stopped by both parties involved in Syria.

He also said that two U.N. representatives, Ake Sellstrom, the head of the U.N.'s chemical weapons investigation team, and Angela Kane, Ban's high representative for disarmament, just visited Syria to discuss the ongoing chemical weapons investigation. Ban said the U.N. would soon receive the report to find out what was discussed during the meetings.