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Date for Geneva-Syria talks set for January 22, 2014 by UN

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by Joseph Earnest  November 25, 2013


Newscast Media GENEVA—The United Nations set January 22 as the date for holding the international conference on Syria referred to as "Geneva 2."

Martin Nesirky, the Spokesperson for UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, said that Ban "expects Syrian representatives to come to Geneva with a serious intent to end the war."

Nesirky quoted Ban as saying that the conference inspires hope, and that the conflict in Syria has been going on for a long time, therefore it would be unforgivable to waste this opportunity to put an end to the suffering and destruction the conflict has caused.

According to Nesirky, Ban said that violence in Syria claimed tens of thousands of lives and displaced millions, in addition to causing turmoil in the region.

He also relayed Ban's deep gratitude to the Russian and US governments, other countries and UN Envoy to Syria, Lakhdar Brahimi, for their work to reach this point.

On a relevant note, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov confirmed in a statement from Rome that the conference will be held on January 22nd, regretting that it couldn't be held sooner, holding the Syrian opposition responsible for the delay.

Lavrov said the conference was delayed because the opposition made preconditions and demanded the departure of the Syrian leadership, describing the opposition as "politically selfish."   Add Comments>>

 Source: SANA














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