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    The US has urged the UN to drop its invitation to Iran to join peace talks on Syria, due to begin in two days.
    (Original post by bbc.co.uk)
    American officials accused Iran of failing to back the aim of the talks, which is to set up a transitional government in war-torn Syria.
    Iran, a key ally of the Syrian regime, said it would not accept any conditions put on its participation.

    UN chief Ban Ki-moon said he was "dismayed" at the row and was reconsidering the UN's options.

    The peace talks, due to be held in Switzerland, are being billed as the biggest diplomatic effort aimed at resolving Syria's civil war.
    More than 100,000 people have been killed and millions more displaced in the three-year war.
    The Syrian regime and the main exiled opposition group, the National Coalition, were both due to send delegates to the talks.
    But Mr Ban's decision to invite Iran has thrown the UN-sponsored conference into doubt.

    The National Coalition said it would pull out if the invitation to Iran was not rescinded.
    Monzer Akbik, the National Coalition's chief of staff, told the BBC's Newshour programme that Iran's inclusion was against the promises his group had received.

    America's UN envoy Samantha Power said Iran was not entitled to take part because it had not shown willing to "explicitly and publicly" back a transition process.
    "That is a minimum requirement for participation in this peace process," she said.

    However, the UN and Russia have long argued that Iran should come to the conference.

    Mr Ban invited Iran to the UN-sponsored conference after he had received assurances that the Iranians would play a "positive role" in securing a transitional government.
    Russia feels that these talks are a waste of our time and of the lives of the citizens of Syria without the regional power of Iran. We feel that they bring a large amount of negotiating potential to the table and as such these discussions are doomed to fail before they have even started.

    http://edition.cnn.com/2014/01/21/wo...-geneva-talks/
    http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/syria-p...iran-1.2507666
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-25809667

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    The Syrian Arab Republic shares the sentiments of the Russian representative. We do not understand how peace talks can be held if the West is allowed to attend but our greatest ally in the Iranian State is not.
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    Pakistan echos the call of the Syrain Arab Republic
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    The USA defends its calls for Iran's invitation to peace talks to be rescinded. Iran's aims are the same as Hezbollah and Egypt, to preserve an illegitimate regime that is determined to slaughter its civilians along sectarian lines. Iran's invitation should be extended if they agree that a transitional government is necessary for peace in the area.
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    The DPRK commends the Russian position. As a long-term benefactor of wisdom and joy within the region, it is a crime against the Syrian people that such an enlightened country cannot have the opportunity to make an immensely positive change in every gesture of dignity and love.

    While we are on the topic, the DPRK's foreign office is also affronted at not having received an invitation to attend the talks. Our experience in resolving conflict and developing a war-torn country into a blissful utopia would surely be invaluable at this time.
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    New Zealand would also like to express its defence for the United States' viewpoint. They would have had a negative impact on the talks and their only desire is to ensure that a corrupt and power-hungry monster is kept in power. The citizens of Syria must be allowed their freedoms, and they should not be oppressed any longer.

    India welcomes the rescinding of Iran and hopes that the peace talks will provide a more optimistic future for the Syrian People. India would also like to add that it hopes that Iran will one day be able to move away from their current international position into one that is more accepting.
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    Iran is upset with the bullying tactics of the United States in forcing the Secretary General to revoke our invitation.

    We remind the world that in order to have legitimate negotiations, both sides of the conflict must be represented equally and fairly. If the allies of the rebels are present, then Iran as a historical ally of Syria must also be present.

    This event brings to light the hegemony the USA has over international affairs, and how the UN has become a forum for enforcing US policy on the world.

    Iran will remember this when we return to the negotiating table ourselves. We further thank Russia, Syria, Pakistan, and Korea for their support on the matter.
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    (Original post by Republic1)
    Iran is upset with the bullying tactics of the United States in forcing the Secretary General to revoke our invitation.

    We remind the world that in order to have legitimate negotiations, both sides of the conflict must be represented equally and fairly. If the allies of the rebels are present, then Iran as a historical ally of Syria must also be present.

    This event brings to light the hegemony the USA has over international affairs, and how the UN has become a forum for enforcing US policy on the world.

    Iran will remember this when we return to the negotiating table ourselves. We further thank Russia, Syria, Pakistan, and Korea for their support on the matter.
    Russia will continue to argue against the unnecessary invasion and removal of President Al Assad however with such a biased committee we feel an an agreement is unlikely.
 
 
 
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