Kerry says global community must make Geneva II a reality

The world must step up to end the Syrian conflict and allow the tens of thousands of displaced families to not lose their country, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Thursday.

Kerry made the remarks on Thursday during a joint press conference with Jordanian Foreign Minister Nasser Judah in Amman, Jordan. Kerry discussed the humanitarian crisis with Judah, which he said has received insufficient attention from the world at large.

"The world needs to be outraged at the unbelievable consequences of (Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's) brutality, where families are forced from their homes, are displaced within their own nation, forced to eat stray dogs or cats, and struggle for survival on a day-to-day basis, while the regime blocks humanitarian aid and engages in starvation as a tactic of war," Kerry said.

Kerry said as winter approaches the global community must find a way to address this humanitarian challenge. He noted the war in Syria contains much higher stakes than Bashar al-Assad's regime.

"(Syria) has to deal with the entire question of tens of thousands of families who've lost loved ones, lost their homes, and don't want to lose their great country to an endless conflict and killing," Kerry said. "So the global community needs to step up. We will continue to work with our partner, Jordan, in order to try to get to Geneva II so we can have the negotiation that is really the only way to end this conflict."

Kerry said he and Judah discussed trying to get to Geneva II as quickly as possible. He said the U.S. and Jordan will continue to work together to facilitate the peace conference.