Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Geneva II: Iran left out of first round of nations for UN Syria peace talks

While Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has began sending out invitations for the Geneva II talks on the Syrian conflict on Monday, a UN spokesman says that Iran is not among them.

However, the invitations to the talks are subject to approval by the “initiating states,” Russia and the United States.

The Independent has reported that the United States and Russia have not yet agreed on Iran's role in the talks. But the UN spokesman  says the United Nations hopes that can be resolved at a 13 January meeting between US Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.

The US has objected to Iran's participation because it hasn't publicly endorsed the principles from an earlier peace conference that called for a transitional government in Syria, and is backing militias, including the Iranian-allied Lebanese Hezbollah group that has aided the troops of Syrian President Bashar Assad.

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