Coming on the heels of the deal with Iran announced last weekend, United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon announced Monday that peace talks between the Syrian Government and the Syrian rebels have been scheduled to begin in Geneva, Switzerland on January 22, 2014.
The goal of the talks is to bring the Civil War that has been raging in Syria to an end, while also easing overall tensions in the Middle East which are threatening the region as a whole.
The Secretary General said that it would be “unforgivable not to seize this opportunity to bring an end to the suffering and destruction.”
Diplomats representing the United States, Russia, and the Arab League participated in closed door meetings in Geneva, Switzerland led to the announcement of these new peace talks. Diplomacy and negotiations between enemies which proved successful with Iran might now open new diplomatic channels that could help broker an end to the nearly 3-year-old civil war in Syria that has killed more than 100,000 people.
Civil War has raged in Syria since March, 2011.
While Secretary of State John Kerry is encouraged, he expressed caution, saying that:
“We are well aware that the obstacles on the road to a political solution are many, and we will enter the Geneva conference on Syria with our eyes wide open.”
A meeting has been scheduled between representatives of the U.S., Russia, and the United Nations for December 20, 2013 to work through the details for the meeting in Geneva including the representatives from all countries who will be invited to participate in the talks.