17 January 2018

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01/21/2014 IRAN - UN - SYRIA

United Nations takes Iran off list for Geneva II. Tehran protests against US interference

For the UN, the Islamic Republic has not subscribed to the points outlined by the 2012 Peace Conference. The invitation to the meeting to be held tomorrow in Geneva had been submitted by the UN Secretary General on 19 November. The Syrian National Council leaves opposition bloc and will not participate in the talks.

Geneva (AsiaNews / Agencies ) - Iran will not participate in the peace conference on Syria which will begin tomorrow at Montreoux (Geneva) . Yesterday, Martin Nesirky , spokesman for UN Secretary General Ban Ki -Moonsaid that the United Nations has withdrawn the invitation sent to Tehran on  January 19 because the Islamic Republic has not subscribed to the points of the previous meeting on Syria held in Geneva in June 2012. "We are deeply disappointed ," Nesirky said , referring to a written statement in which Iran says it will only take part in Geneva without any preconditions.

In an interview today with Irna (Islamic Republic News Agency ) , Hossein Amirabdollahian , Iran's deputy minister for relations with the Arab world and Africa, points the finger at Washington which he accuses of "exerting pressure to force Iran to accept the points of the 2012 conference - says Amirabdollahian - to which Iran was not invited".

On January 19 Ban Ki -moon invited Iran to attend Geneva together with other 40 countries, sparking criticism from the anti -Assad bloc and Saudi Arabia, who accuse Tehran of supporting the Assad regime with money, men and weapons. Yesterday evening, the Syrian National Council , a body that brings together some of the members of the internal opposition in exile announced its exit from the opposition block pointing out that it will not participate in any talks as long as the regime remains in power.

Today, some former members of the Syrian regime issued a survey funded by Qatar - supporter and financier of the rebels - in which they declare that Assad is responsible for more than 11 thousand executions of prisoners since the beginning of the uprising.


See also

21/12/2013 SYRIA - UN - IRAN
Lakhdar Brahimi: Iranian participation in Geneva II "uncertain"
The U.S. not convinced Tehran’s presence "would be the right thing." The United Nations and the Arab League envoy, however, adds that "Iran is not yet out of the game" , and can still contribute even if not by officially participating. The Iranian Foreign Minister calls for "a political solution" to the conflict in Syria. Islamist fringe rebels increasingly opposed to the Peace Conference

10/01/2018 14:22:00 SYRIA
Damascus, mortars fall on Christian neighborhoods: several injuries, damage to churches

The Greek-Melkite Catholic Patriarchate was attacked in Haret Al Zeitoun and a Latin parish in Bab Touma. Dozens of shells fell in a few hours. AsiaNews source deny rumors of Christian victims circulated in these hours. On January 21st, a new round of UN talks begins in Geneva.

06/11/2013 SYRIA
Syrian peace conference postponed, before it was even announced
Assad seems unwilling to talk about a transitional government, the opposition can not agree on a leader and the United States has not responded to the Russian proposal to include Iran in the negotiations.

26/11/2013 SYRIA -UN
Date fixed for Syrian peace conference. But doubts remain
The so-called "Geneva II" will be held on January 22. It will seek an end to violence and a transitional government with full powers ( without Assad ) . The opposition still divided on representation . Possible participation of Iran and Saudi Arabia.

20/01/2014 IRAN - UN -SYRIA
The UN invites Iran to Peace Conference on Syria
For the Secretary -General Ban Ki -moon, Iran's presence is "essential" to guide the future transition in Syria. Tehran has yet to give an official response. United States and the international community criticize decision: " Iran must accept the points of Geneva I if it wants to participate".

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