Iran not accept Geneva I communiqué: FM spokeswoman

Iran not accept Geneva I communiqué: FM spokeswoman
Mon Jan 20, 2014 18:35:31

Iran's Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Marzieh Afkham has underscored that the Islamic Republic does not accept the 2012 Geneva communiqué, rejecting the US precondition for Iran's participation in the Geneva II talks.

Pointing to the fact that Iran was not present in the 2012 Geneva talks and had no role in issuing the final communiqué, Afkham stressed that Iran did not accept it, Al-Alam reports.

Afkham added that the Islamic Republic had accepted the United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon’s invitation and would participate in the Geneva 2 talks without preconditions.

The 2012 Geneva communiqué outlines measures for a transition of power in Syria, and its key demand means Syrian President Bashar al-Assad will have to step down.

The US says Iran can take part in the Geneva II talks if only Tehran accepts the 2012 Geneva communiqué.

On Sunday, the UN chief said Iran has been invited to the Geneva II conference.

The Geneva II talks are set to begin on January 22 in Switzerland. The event will bring together Syrian government and the foreign-backed opposition as well as representatives of many countries, in an effort to end the ongoing conflict in Syrian.


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