Kerry says Syrian crisis can only come to an end diplomatically
Kerry began his statement by recapping the decisions of the Geneva I communiqué, which called for a change in the government in Syria to help the nation move towards peace. As this has not yet occurred, Kerry said the U.S. has been a constant aid to the Opposition Forces in Syria to help bring the conflict to an end without more loss of lives.
"One thing is clear," Kerry said. "It is clear that both sides will continue to fight, and to fight, and to fight. And in the end, the greatest victims, the people who suffer the most, are the Syrian people themselves, who are being driven from their homes and killed in the most wanton violence, and who are having an increasingly profound impact on surrounding countries that are seeing their lives affected as a consequence of the outflow of refugees. This war will not come to an end on the battlefield, I believe, and I think most people believe. It will come to an end through a negotiated settlement."
Kerry said he is proud that the U.S. remains the number one contributor to humanitarian aid in Syria. He is also thankful that the London 11 came together to help make the Geneva II talks possible, which Kerry said is the key to ending the crisis.
"The Geneva communiqué is more than a piece of paper, and it should not be a forgotten level of diplomacy," Kerry said. "It is the roadmap that leads to a new future, and it's a future that can end the bloodshed in Syria, can respond to the humanitarian catastrophe, and it rids the country of violent extremist groups. That's our goal. What we seek is a unified, pluralistic Syria, one that is representative of all of its people's aspirations."