Syria conflict: US wants to 're-ignite' peace talks, says Kerry

Monday, 16 March 2015 - 7:25

US Secretary of State John Kerry says he wants to "re-ignite" negotiations with President Bashar al-Assad to end the conflict in Syria.

Speaking as the war enters its fifth year, Kerry said it was "one of the worst tragedies any of us have seen".

He said the international community was upping pressure on Syria's regime to hold new peace talks, saying "we have to negotiate in the end" with Assad.

More than 215,000 people are estimated to have been killed in the conflict.