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Russia: Putin and Zuma aim to ease Syrian pain

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1. M/S South African President Jacob Zuma (left) and Russian President Vladimir Putin walk down steps 2. SOT. Russian President Vladimir Putin (speaking Russian - translated to English): "We agreed to further co-ordinate our positions on a peaceful Syrian settlement. We are determined to continue working so as to end violence as soon as possible and put an end to interference from the outside. We will contribute to the preservation of the territorial integrity and sovereignty of the country." 3. W/S Leaders speak in front of assembled press 4. SOT. South African President Jacob Zuma: "And we express our consent and also on behalf of the continent of Africa that this conflict has been going on for a long time and we wish that particularly the powers that are in the Security Council should move together to take a common position that could ease the pain of the ordinary people of Syria." 5. M/S Camera operator 6. SOT. Russian President Vladimir Putin (speaking Russian): "Russia is ready to support South Africa in creating the whole sector of nuclear energy." 7. M/S Assembled press 7. M/S Leaders shake hands SCRIPT Russia: Putin, Zuma aim to ease Syrian pain Russian President Vladimir Putin and his South African counterpart Jacob Zuma touched on the Syria conflict at a press conference in Sochi on Thursday. The two leaders held bilateral talks prior to the conference. Putin pledged "to continue working, so as to end violence as soon as possible" and to "contribute to the preservation of the territorial integrity and sovereignty of the country." Jacob Zuma called for the UN Security Council to "move together to take a common position that could ease the pain of the ordinary people of Syria." To date over 70,000 people have died in the conflict which is pitching forces loyal to President Bashar Al-Assad against militants opposed to his rule. An international meeting aimed at resolving the conflict is pencilled in for June. US and Russian leaders hope the Syrian government and opposition agree to participate in the talks. In Sochi, Putin also said Russia was prepared to help South Africa develop its nuclear energy sector, stating: "Russia is ready to support South Africa in creating the whole sector of nuclear energy." During a meeting in Durban in March, Putin said Russia would provide South Africa with a line of credit to build nuclear plants, on the condition that Russian specialists implement the project.