Syrian Government Says It Is Ready To Take Part In Peace Talks

Syria Ready To Take Part In Geneva Peace Talks, Says Foreign Minister

Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem poses with U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon 

Syria’s Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem said the government was ready to take part in the U.N.-organized peace talks set to be held early next year.

The Syrian government has said it is ready to take part in U.N.-organized peace talks set to be held early next year.

Syria’s Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem said the government hoped the talks would help the country find a solution to the on-going crisis.

World leaders unanimously voted to try to end the civil war in Syria at a U.N. Security Council meeting in New York last Friday.

“Syria is ready to participate in the Syrian-Syrian Dialogue in Geneva without any foreign interference,” al-Moallem told reporters after meeting with his Chinese counterpart in Beijing.

“Our delegation will be ready as soon as we receive a list of the opposition delegation.”

Syrian women mourn during the funeral of their relatives Stringer / Reuters

The plan endorsed by foreign ministers and others laid out a “road map for a peace process” that specified “the Syrian people will decide the future of Syria.”

Leaders also voted for a nationwide ceasefire to begin as soon as a political transition was agreed upon. The agreement also called for “free and fair” elections to be held within 18 months.

The Syrian conflict has lasted nearly five years, killed more than 300,000 people and displaced millions.

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