The second round of Syria talks begin in Vienna despite Paris terror attacks

VIENNA (KDN) The second round of Syria talks have begun in Vienna on Saturday with the participation of a dozen foreign ministers including U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.

Overshadowed by Friday’s devastating Paris terror attack which is directly linked to ongoing war in the Middle East, the Syria talks aim to find a peaceful solution to the conflict in Syria.

French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said the attacks in Paris made it all the much more necessary for the international community to find a common approach in Syria and international terrorism.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and his Russian counterpart Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov both condemned the attacks as they began meetings with other representatives from Iran, France, Germany, Jordan, Saudi Arabia and other countries with strongly conflicting approaches to how to end the conflict.

“These kinds of attacks are the most vile, horrendous and outrageous,” said U.S. Secretary of State Kerry, at a luxurious Vienna hotel where talks are taking place.

Lavrov said there was “no justification for terrorist acts, and no justification for us not doing much more to defeat ISIS and al Nusra and the like,” adding: “I hope that this meeting as well would allow us to move forward.”