US calls on Iran to accept Geneva invite

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon issued his invitation to Iran on Sunday after discussions with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif.

US calls on Iran to accept Geneva invite

World Bulletin / News Desk

Following Iran’s invitation to the Geneva II Syria peace conference, US State Department Spokesperson Jen Psaki Sunday called for Iran to fully and publicly accept the Geneva communiqué.

“The United States views the UN Secretary General’s invitation to Iran to attend the upcoming Geneva conference as conditioned on Iran’s explicit and public support for the full implementation of the Geneva communiqué including the establishment of a transitional governing body by mutual consent with full executive authorities,” said Psaki in a statement released to the press.

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon issued his invitation to Iran on Sunday after discussions with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif.

She added, “If Iran does not fully and publicly accept the Geneva communiqué, the invitation must be rescinded.”

Psaki further reiterated the US’ concerns over Iran’s support for the Syrian government saying, “We also remain deeply concerned about Iran's contributions to the Assad regime's brutal campaign against its own people, which has contributed to the growth of extremism and instability in the region.”

The peace conference will begin Wednesday in Montreux, Switzerland.

Davutoglu, Ban Ki-moon discuss Geneva II process

Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu and United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon discussed on Sunday the situation in Syria and the Cyprus issue over phone.

The two diplomats expressed their satisfaction over Syrian National Coalition participation in the Geneva II talks, which aims to find a political solution to the longstanding conflict in Syria.

However, Davutoglu and Ban Ki-moon shared their concern about the continuing conflict in the region and the Syrian regime’s attack on Aleppo, in particular.

The two diplomats drew attention to the improvement of the humanitarian situation in the country and emphasized that a special attention should be given to this issue at the Geneva II talks.

Davutoglu and Ban Ki-moon also discussed the Cyprus issue and expressed their common views for the beginning of the negotiations between two parts of the island.

Brokered by the US and Russia, the Geneva II conference is set to bring both sides of the major conflict together, as the main opposition group, the Syrian National Coalition, agreed to attend on Saturday after months of reluctance to commit.

More than 100,000 people have been killed in three years of conflict which also internally displayed more than 6.5 million people. Over two million are now registered as refugees in the neighboring countries, Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan and Iraq.

Last Mod: 20 Ocak 2014, 09:31
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