WASHINGTON – All sides in Syria’s five-year-old civil war should stick to a cessation of hostilities and give United Nations-led peace talks that resumed on Wednesday a chance, US Secretary of State John Kerry said. “We urge all of the participants on one side or the other, all of the combatants, the regime, others, to adhere to the cessation of hostilities,” Kerry told reporters in the face of a flare-up in fighting. UN Syria envoy Staffan de Mistura opened a new round of peace talks in Geneva on Wednesday, saying that senior officials in Moscow, Damascus,
Tehran and Amman, had signaled support for a discussion aiming at a political transition in Syria. “We strongly urge all of the combatants to give Staffan de Mistura and his team an opportunity to do their work in the next hours and days in Geneva,” Kerry said in Washington while presenting the annual US State Department report on human rights around the world.