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UN head urges to invite Iran to Geneva conference on Syria

December 03, 2013, 11:47 UTC+3 UNITED NATIONS
The UN head expressed hope that the list of the conference participants would be coordinated at a preparatory meeting that will be held in Geneva on December 20
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UNITED NATIONS, December 03. /ITAR-TASS/. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon so far has not made a decision on the list of participants in a peace conference on Syria (Geneva 2) that is scheduled for January 22, but still believes that Iran should be among the invited parties. He made this statement at a news conference in Lima (Peru) on Monday.

The UN head expressed hope that the list of the conference participants would be coordinated at a preparatory meeting that will be held in Geneva on December 20 with the participation of the UN, Russian and US officials.

“Iran should be invited to this meeting (Geneva 2). I and (UN-LAS) joint special representative (for Syria) Lakhdar Brahimi had made it clear in the past that Iran should be invited to this meeting. I believe that Iran is one of such countries who can play an important role but I have not yet decided. This is a matter for concentrations among the parties concerned,” Ban said.

According to the UN head, this issue will be addressed at consultations among the parties concerned. He said he hoped to send all the invitations by the end of this month.

Last week, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said that the country was ready to participate in the Geneva 2 conference “without preconditions” if the invitation came. The Syrian opposition, which accuses Tehran of interfering in the country’s internal conflict, has long been against the invitation of Iran’s officials to the conference.

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