Talks on Syria to proceed without Iran's participation

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Martin Nesirky

The talks to resolve the ongoing crisis in Syria scheduled to take place in Montreaux, Switzerland on Wednesday will proceed without Iran.

The announcement was made by UN Spokesperson, Martin Nesirky on Monday following a public statement made by Iran that it does not consider the Communiqué of 30 June 2012 as the basis for the talks.

The communiqué, among other things, calls for the establishment of a transitional governing body with full executive powers.

Mr Nesirky said "throughout the conflict, the Secretary-General has sought to do everything within his power for a political solution" which he described as "the only path forward."

"The Secretary-General is deeply disappointed by Iranian public statements today that are not at all consistent with that stated commitment. He continues to urge Iran to join the global consensus behind the Geneva Communiqué. Given that it has chosen to remain outside that basic understanding, he has decided that the one-day Montreux gathering will proceed without Iran's participation." (26")

Nesirky said the Secretary-General looked forward to joining the initiating parties — the Russian Federation and the United States — as well as the other States and organizations that will attend the conference.

"The Syrian parties, the region and the international community have an opportunity and a responsibility to end the violence and begin a transition towards a new Syria," he said.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations.

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