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Wolrd and regional powers meet in Vienna on Syria

  • U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, right, arrive for  a meeting in Vienna, Austria, Monday May 16, 2016.   (Leonhard Foeger/Pool Photo via AP)

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, right, arrive for a meeting in Vienna, Austria, Monday May 16, 2016. (Leonhard Foeger/Pool Photo via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, right, arrive for  a meeting in Vienna, Austria, Monday May 16, 2016.   (Leonhard Foeger/Pool Photo via AP)

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, right, arrive for a meeting in Vienna, Austria, Monday May 16, 2016. (Leonhard Foeger/Pool Photo via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier arrives for Syria talks in Vienna, Austria, Tuesday, May 17, 2016. World and regional powers are meeting in Vienna to overcome stubborn divisions among Syrian factions that have led to the rise of Islamic extremists and claimed hundreds of thousands of lives since violence turned to war five years ago. (AP Photo/Ronald Zak)

    German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier arrives for Syria talks in Vienna, Austria, Tuesday, May 17, 2016. World and regional powers are meeting in Vienna to overcome stubborn divisions among Syrian factions that have led to the rise of Islamic extremists and claimed hundreds of thousands of lives since violence turned to war five years ago. (AP Photo/Ronald Zak)  (The Associated Press)

World and regional powers are meeting in Vienna to overcome stubborn divisions among Syrian factions that have led to the rise of Islamic extremists and claimed hundreds of thousands of lives since violence turned to war five years ago.

But the gathering is not expected to substantially advance efforts to find peace. A diplomat familiar with the talks says participants will agree on a document focusing on trying to firm up a shaky cease-fire and improving efforts to deliver humanitarian aid. He demanded anonymity because he is not authorized to discuss the statement before its release.

Tuesday's talks include U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and his Russian counterpart, Sergei Lavrov, as well as foreign ministers or their deputies from more than 20 countries.