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Kerry urges Syria opposition to join peace talks

Published on Jan 17, 2014 6:18 AM
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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry makes a statement on Syria at the State Department on Jan 16, 2014 in Washington, DC. On the eve of a key meeting, United States (US) Secretary of State John Kerry on Thursday made a powerful plea to the divided Syrian opposition to join landmark peace talks aimed at installing a new government. -- PHOTO: AFP

WASHINGTON (AFP) - On the eve of a key meeting, United States (US) Secretary of State John Kerry on Thursday made a powerful plea to the divided Syrian opposition to join landmark peace talks aimed at installing a new government.

Next week's peace conference in Switzerland was "the best opportunity for the opposition to achieve the goals of the Syrian people and the revolution", Mr Kerry said in a surprise statement to reporters.

Despite months of cajoling and negotiations, the Syrian opposition has yet to agree to sit down at the table with members of the Syrian regime of President Bashar al-Assad to chart a path to end the war.

The United Nations-led peace conference, to be attended by some 35 countries, will open on Jan 22 in the Swiss city of Montreux, and then move to Geneva.

 
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