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UN considering transfer of part of Syria peace conference to other Swiss city

December 04, 2013, 12:56 UTC+3 UNITED NATIONS

The conference may be held one day in another Swiss city, probably Montreux

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UNITED NATIONS, December 04. /ITAR-TASS/. The United Nations is considering the possibility of holding part of the peace conference on Syria that is scheduled for January 22 in Geneva in other city due to the lack of vacant rooms at the city hotels, UN Secretary-General’s spokesman Martin Nesirky told Itar-Tass on Tuesday.

“The issue of holding part of the conference outside Geneva is being considered. Simply because the hotels (at this time) have no vacant rooms,” he said. According to him, the conference might be held one day in another Swiss city, probably Montreux.

Nesirky also stressed that the possibility of deferment of the conference for one day was not considered. “It is not necessary. You know, it’s not Geneva, but Syria that is important in this conference,” the UN official said.

The lack of vacant rooms at Geneva hotels on January 22 is caused by an annual watch exhibition that will be held in the city at the time. In addition, the World Economic Forum will be held in the nearby famous ski resort of Davos.

The UN and Arab League special representative for Syria, Lakhdar Brahimi, pointed to the possible difficulties that will arise in this connection for the Geneva 2 conference in an interview to the Swiss TV channel RTS.

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