Syrians to negotiate for peace face to face in Geneva

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Lakhdar Brahimi

The International Peace Conference on Syria will open on January 22, 2014 in the Swiss city of Montreaux, according to the Joint Special Representative of the United Nations and the League of Arab States for Syria, Lakhdar Brahimi.

During the opening of the conference, invited UN members states are expected to express their support for the Syrian peace process.

Negotiations between the Syrian government and opposition groups are expected to commence in earnest in Geneva on Friday January 24.

Mr Brahimi says only the Syrian parties will be allowed at the negotiating table.

Khawla Mattar is the spokesperson for the Joint Special Representative of the United Nations and the League of Arab States for Syria.

"The 22nd is where all countries that have some relation, interest or influence, would like to help, would like to assist to solve the Syrian crisis, can express willingness to help and assist in solving the Syrian crisis. To show the greatness and graveness of the crisis and to see that there is global interest in solving it. The negotiations is actually between the two Syrians, not with everybody involved. Mr Brahimi would like to see the countries that have interest or the countries that have influence to be around Geneva at some point to help in the negotiations in need be. But they will not be in the negotiating room."

She says the Syrian government and the opposition are expected to submit their list of participants to the conference before the end of the year.

Patrick Maigua, United Nations Radio, Geneva.

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