Smoke rises from Islamic State positions after a US-led coalition air strike.
Smoke rises from Islamic State positions after a US-led coalition air strike. Osama Samiap

Attacks prompt solution to war in Syria

WORLD powers have reacted quickly to the Paris massacre in pushing forward to find a political solution to the war in Syria.

US Secretary of State John Kerry announced senior diplomats from 19 nations had agreed to expedite the talks and organise ceasefires.

They have set a deadline of January for the Syrian Government and recognised opposition groups to talk, with plans for elections and a new constitution within 18 months.

The United Nations'special envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura, would also begin immediate work on determining who should sit at any negotiations.

Mr Kerry said those talks would lead to an agreement on a transitional government, a new constitution within six months, and then elections within 18 months.

The agreement would bring about a "credible, inclusive and non-sectarian" government.

"If those in Paris thought they could influence the international community, the response was today," Mr de Mistura said.



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