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Kerry: US, Russia reach deal to reduce violence in Syria

Kerry: US, Russia reach deal to reduce violence in Syria
Posted at 5:09 PM, Sep 09, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-09 19:10:45-04

GENEVA (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says the United States and Russia have finalized a plan to reduce violence in Syria and lead to a political transition ending more than five years of war.

Kerry says the deal clinched with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov could be a "turning point" for the conflict, if implemented.

He said the nationwide cease-fire would become effective at sundown Monday.

He spoke early Saturday at a joint press conference with Lavrov after a marathon day of negotiations in Geneva.

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