U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry arrives in Geneva for a meeting with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov on Syria. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
NATURAL ROUGHT CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION). U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Geneva early on Friday, where he is due to meet his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov about a ceasefire deal for Syria, after the State Department had been saying for the past 24 hours it did not believe a meeting was worthwhile. Lavrov arrived in the Swiss city on Thursday evening, where he met with U.N. Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura, who has the diplomatic task of trying to end the five-year war, which has claimed an estimated 400,000 lives and driven tens of thousands of refugees into Europe. The U.S. and Russia have backed opposite sides in the war, which shows little sign of ending. Moscow supports Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, whom Washington believes must eventually go. Under the plan being discussed by Kerry and Lavrov, a cessation of hostilities agreement would halt violence in certain areas, opening up humanitarian aid corridors.