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US Secretary of State John Kerry: 'Diplomacy is our first resort'

12 September 2013 Last updated at 21:12 BST

US Secretary of State John Kerry and the Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov have spoken about the need to solve Syria's chemical weapons crisis, ahead of a meeting in Geneva.

At a joint news conference, Mr Kerry said he was serious about ''meaningful'' negotiations to resolve the situation, even as the US military took up its position in the region.