May 7 - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry stresses to Russian President Vladimir Putin that the U.S. and Moscow share ''common interests'' in Syria. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.
The war rages in Syria as the sound of shelling and smoke-filled horizons are increasingly becoming a way of life. Amateur video which could not be independently verified by Reuters shows rubble lined streets -- the legacy of a conflict that has already cost more than 70,000 lives. Against this backdrop, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry sat down with Russian President Vladimir Putin -- in search for a resolution to a conflict that has gone on for more than two years. (SOUNDBITE) (English) U.S. SECRETARY OF STATE JOHN KERRY, SAYING: "The United States believes that we share some very significant common interests with respect to Syria. Stability in the region, not having extremists creating problems throughout the region and elsewhere. And I think we have both embraced in the Geneva communiqué a common approach. So it's my hope that today we'll be able to dig into that a little bit and see if we can find a common ground." The U.S. and Russia agreed to try to arrange an international conference this month to find a resolution to the conflict. Last June, Washington and Moscow agreed on the need for a transitional government in Syria -- but left open the question of what should happen to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.