June 4 - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says the U.S. was late to efforts to end Syria's civil war as rebels and government backed forces continue the intense fighting. Julie Noce reports.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry told reporters that the U.S. had been quote 'late' in helping to secure a plan to end Syria's civil war. Kerry made the remarks during a news conference with the Polish Foreign Minister. (SOUNDBITE)(English) SECRETARY OF STATE JOHN KERRY SAYING: "This is a very difficult process, which we come to late. We are trying to prevent the sectarian violence from dragging Syria down into a complete and total implosion, where it had broken into enclaves and the institutions of the state have been destroyed by God knows how many additional refugees and how many innocent people killed." Kerry's hope for a U.S.-Russia brokered peace conference between Syrian rebels and President Bashar al-Assad's regime has yet to be realized. Even as violence on the ground continues to intensify. Some of the latest video from a social media website shows rebels attempting to bury their dead in freshly dug graves... when they themselves come under attack. A voice is heard saying, 'jump into the graves!' Reuters can't independently verify the content of the material. Humanitarian groups say as many as 80,000 people have been killed in the two year uprising.