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Uncertainty on the eve of the conference on Syria

· UN withraws invitation to Iran while the Syrian opposition splits ·

New York, 21. The rescindment of the invitation that the UN extended to Iran to attend the international peace conference on Syria that is taking place tomorrow in Montreux and then in Geneva, and the recorded rift in the Syrian opposition, projects further uncertainty over whether the diplomatic meeting will be able to put an end to a conflict that continues to have devastating consequences.

Ban Ki-moon, the UN Secretary General, has withdrawn the invitation he had made to Iran only 24 hours earlier, after the Tehran Government said it would not accept, as a basis for negotiations, the decisions that emerged from the previous conference held in June 2012, that is, the need for a political transition in Syria.

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