International Peace Conference on Syria now planned for July

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Lakhdar Brahimi, Joint Special Representative for Syria gives a press conference at the Palais, Geneva. Wednesday 5 June 2013. [UN Photo/Violaine Martin]

The much anticipated International peace conference for Syria is now slated to take place sometime in July this year, according to the Joint United Nations Special Envoy Lakhda Brahimi.

Speaking in Geneva after a tripartite meeting between the United Nations, the Russian Federation and the United States of America, Mr Brahimi said the prospects of holding the conference this month had dissipated as the Syrians were not ready.

“We all firmly agreed that a political solution to the crisis in Syria is the only solution possible, and is extremely urgent. The catastrophe on the ground is alarming and I think you know as much about it as I do, if not more. That tragedy has got to come to an end, for the sake of Syria and its people. Evidently, there is still a lot of work to do to bring a conference about. For this reason, we have come to the conclusion today that it will not be possible to hold this conference in June.”

Mr. Brahimi said the conference was for the Syrian people and it was critical that they are given enough time to prepare.

He said the principal agenda of the proposed conference was the implementation of the outcome document agreed during the consultative meeting held in Geneva in June last year and which called for the establishment of a transitional governing body which would exercise full executive powers.

Donn Bobb, United Nations.

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