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posted: 12/7/2012 8:56 AM

Clinton: U.S., Russia back mediation on Syria

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Associated Press

BELFAST, Northern Ireland -- U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton says the United States and Russia have agreed to support mediation efforts with all parties in Syria to bring about a political transition.

But she says Syrian President Bashar Assad must leave power to secure a democratic future for the Arab country. Washington and Moscow have clashed repeatedly throughout Syria's 21-month civil war over how to stem the violence.

In a new effort, Clinton met with Russia's foreign minister and the U.N. peace envoy for Syria to try to chart a new path forward.

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