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Syria conference to open in Montreux, continue in Geneva

English.news.cn   2013-12-18 01:51:59            

GENEVA, Dec. 17 (Xinhua) -- The International Conference on Syria next month will open in the Swiss city of Montreux and continue in Geneva, the spokesperson of the special envoy for Syria said Tuesday.

Khawla Mattar, spokeswoman of Lakhdar Brahimi who is UN-Arab League Joint Special Representative for Syria, told a press conference that due to logistics reasons, the long-delayed Syria peace talk, dubbed Geneva II, would be held in Montreux, a lakeside city located in southwest Swiss, on Jan. 22, 2014.

It was reported that the hotel rooms in Geneva would be scare then as a result of a luxury watch fair and the annual World Economic Forum to be held in Davos starting from Jan. 22.

The first day of talks in Montreux Palace is expected to see high-level discussions followed by talks in Geneva on Jan. 24 where delegations of the Syrian government and opponents will sit with Brahimi to start negotiations.

Mattar said the length of the conference has not yet been decided.

There is no complete list of participants for the upcoming Syria peace talks.

As preparation for the Syria conference, there will be a trilateral meeting on Friday in Palace of Nations, the location of United Nations Office at Geneva, between United Nations, Russia and U.S..

This will be followed on the same day by meetings participated by representatives of the five UN Security Council permanent members, neighboring countries of Syria, League of Arab States and European Union.

In June 2012, an action group meeting on Syria was held in Geneva to agree upon a set of principles and guidelines that ushered the way for a Syrian-led transition.

In early May this year, the United States and Russia agreed to sponsor another international conference in Geneva to end the conflict.

The Geneva II conference will distinguish itself from the first round of talks on Geneva in that it will include the Syrian government and opposition officials, according to Brahimi.

Editor: Mu Xuequan
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