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Kerry warns Assad regime it must attend peace talks

Says opposition will get new help if officials back out

STOCKHOLM — Secretary of State John Kerry issued a stern warning Tuesday to Syria’s government, saying that new help will be given to opposition forces should President Bashar Assad’s regime decide to back out of upcoming negotiations aimed at ending Syria’s two-year war.

Kerry said he has every expectation that both sides in the conflict, which has left more than 70,000 dead, will participate in an international conference to negotiate a peaceful transition in Syria. The conference, which Kerry said probably will be held in early June, is noteworthy because it will be endorsed by the United States and Russia, which are on opposite sides of the Syrian conflict.

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