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UN chief: top mediator Brahimi to go to Iran

UN chief says Syrian political talks are 'in crisis' and top mediator is heading to Iran

UN chief: top mediator Brahimi to go to Iran

UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- U.N.-Arab League mediator Lakhdar Brahimi will visit Syria's ally, Iran, in hopes of moving political talks forward.

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced the trip Friday, saying the talks are "in crisis" because the Syrian government and opposition aren't willing to compromise.

Ban said that neighboring Iran, which was barred from the opening session of last month's peace talks in Geneva, is a key participant. It "can play an important role, including impressing upon the Syrian authorities to come to the Geneva conference in a more constructive way," Ban added.

He urged the United States and Russia as the initiators of the Geneva talks "to take clear steps to re-energize the political process."

Syria's uprising, which began three years ago with protests against the government, has evolved into a bloody civil war.

Updated : 2021-06-20 19:15 GMT+08:00