Syria peace conference set for January 22, U.N. says
November 25th, 2013
09:59 AM ET

Syria peace conference set for January 22, U.N. says

After months of delays, a "Geneva II" conference meant to broker an end to the Syrian civil war has been scheduled to begin on January 22 in Geneva, Switzerland, the United Nations said Monday morning.

But which parties will attend - a subject that helped push back the conference for months - wasn't immediately clear.

The conference would bring representatives from Syria's government and elements of the opposition to negotiate an end to the fighting that has wracked Syria since March 2011.

Yet the opposition is hardly a single group; it consists of numerous factions that often oppose each other. The al Qaeda-linked groups Islamic State in Iraq and Jabhat al-Nusra have made substantial gains in Syria in recent months, especially in the north, tilting the balance away from more moderate factions of the rebel Free Syrian Army.

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  1. SFC Pulcino Steven

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  5. desert voice

    My advice is that the Kurds and the refugees be also represented at the January 22nd conference! it's their country also, not just al Nusra's and Islamist State's!

    November 25, 2013 at 3:12 pm | Reply
    • WERTWERT32452345

      Good post, desert voice. Yes, the Kurds and other minorities do need to be represented. In fact, the Kurds do have a right to set up their own home state just like the Israelis did in 1948!

      November 25, 2013 at 5:29 pm | Reply
  6. George patton

    This obscene civil war sorely needs to end as soon as possible. First of all, we Americans need to drop our insane demand that Bashar al-Assad steps down and secondly, try to get our rubber stamp "allies" to quit aiding and abetting the so-called "rebels". Until all sides come together, peace will not be possible!

    November 25, 2013 at 11:40 am | Reply
    • Random

      Bleh tripped the censor.

      The only place I disagree with ya is it is not a civil war. The civil war started two years ago , and ended when the islamic gihadist took control of all the ground the syrians held from the civil war and slaughtered the moderate syrians. It really is an international gihad now. And it should be recognized as such.

      November 25, 2013 at 12:32 pm | Reply
    • StanCalif

      The Saudis need to participate as well. The major financing of jihad comes from Saudi Arabia! These jihadists they finance today will become their own worst nightmare in the future! Osama Bin Laden was a wealthy Saudi, most of the 9/11 characters were Saudis! Saudi Arabia can "claim" no involvement all they want, but facts speak louder than words.

      November 26, 2013 at 8:18 am | Reply

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