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Japan ready to host Syria confidence-building talks: diplomat

Published on Jan 22, 2014 11:41 PM

MONTREUX, Switzerland (AFP) - Japan is ready to host confidence-building talks between members of Syria's rival camps if peace efforts launched this week bear fruit, a senior diplomat said on Wednesday.

"We are ready to invite the people from both sides," Mr Koichi Mizushima told reporters on the sidelines of a Syria peace conference in the Swiss city of Montreux.

"We would not invite Syrian officials, but promising young leaders from both sides, so that they can understand each other, and maybe they can resolve some misunderstanding," said Mr Mizushima, deputy director of the Japanese foreign ministry's public diplomacy division.

"I don't think we're at this time yet. But we have experience on this kind of thing," he said.

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