Remarks at COP21

John Kerry
Secretary of State
Le Bourget
Paris, France
December 10, 2015

QUESTION: Mr. Secretary, (inaudible) the update on the COP, the climate change talks?

SECRETARY KERRY: Well, we’re working away. Today’s obviously getting down to the critical stage, and we had a very constructive meeting. We feel very good about the conversation we’ve just had. We need to work on language, and that what most of today and tonight will be.

QUESTION: Secretary, any update on the Syria situation, on your talks with Foreign Minister Lavrov?

SECRETARY KERRY: Yes. Foreign Minister Lavrov and I talked yesterday at length. I talked to Foreign Minister al-Jubeir, with Foreign Minister al-Attiyah. We are planning towards the potential of a meeting in New York. Not locked in yet, but the meeting in Saudi Arabia appears to be very constructive at this point, and we need to wait for the results of that conference. But I think everybody is moving in the direction that they want to rapidly try to get to a political process and get it underway under the UN auspices.

So we’ve made progress, but we have some tough issues still to get over.

QUESTION: And is Turkey one of those – the relationship between Turkey and Russia, is that one of the biggest obstacles?

SECRETARY KERRY: No, it’s actually not. Both countries are constructively trying to move towards the political process. There are obviously tensions and there are differences, but with respect to the political process, they’re both committed to trying to make that move forward. Thank you.