Brahimi: Syria peace talks is a "huge opportunity for peace"

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Lakhdar Brahimi together with Jeffrey Feltman met with Russian and United States officials in Geneva on Syria peace conference. UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré

The Geneva conference on Syria is a huge opportunity for peace that should not be wasted, the joint UN/League of Arab States' top envoy to Syria said in an appeal to the Syrian Government and opposition.

Mr. Lakhdar Brahimi also insisted the parties reduce the violence and release political prisoners ahead of the peace talks scheduled for 22 January in Geneva.

Mr. Brahimi is in Geneva holding "trilateral meetings" with Russia and US representatives, in preparation of the upcoming peace conference.

"We are in touch with government and with the opposition. We are asking them to name their delegations as early as possible, hopefully before end of year. Because I think it is important that we meet them, speak to them and listen to them; because this conference is really for the Syrians, to come to Geneva to talk to one another, and hopefully start a credible, workable, effective peace process for their country." (37″)

The list of participants to the Geneva conference on Syria is not yet complete and discussions will resume on 20 December, the joint envoy for Syria noted.

However, said Mr. Brahimi, Iran and Saudi Arabia would "certainly be amongst the possible participants".

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.

Duration: 1’26″

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