Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov have been talking since May about jointly hosting a Syrian peace conference in Geneva that would bring together representatives of the regime of President
"More than 100,000 people have been killed, and millions of people have either been displaced or become refugees in neighboring countries," Ban told reporters as he headed in to his closed-door meeting with Kerry. "We have to bring this to an end."
"There is no military solution to Syria," Kerry added. "There is only a political solution, and that will require leadership in order to bring people to the table."
Both senior diplomats pledged to intensify efforts to get the Syrian combatants to Geneva. But neither offered any indication that the increasingly sectarian war is any closer to an end than during last year's abortive U.N.-led attempt to negotiate a solution.