URGENT ¥¥¥ Lavrov urges Syrian opposition to talk to regime

The Syrian opposition should enter into talks with the regime of President Bashar al-Assad and put together a negotiating team, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Tuesday after talks with US Secretary of State John Kerry.

"We are counting on the opposition, who will be meeting with representatives of Western and a number of regional countries in Rome, to also declare itself in favour of dialogue because they have voiced contradictory statements on that account and not only declare but also name their negotiating team," the Interfax news agency quoted Lavrov as saying in Berlin.