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UN: Iran not yet invited to Syria peace talks

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PETER JAMES SPIELMANN | January 6, 2014 02:32 PM EST | AP


UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United Nations says Iran is not among the "first round" of nations invited to attend Syria peace talks in Switzerland later this month.

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon began sending out invitations Monday. U.N. spokesman Farhan Haq confirms that Iran is not among them.

But Haq says, "The secretary-general is in favor of inviting Iran."

Haq said invitations to the talks are subject to approval by the "initiating states," Russia and the United States. He did not name the other invitees.

The United States and Russia have not yet agreed on Iran's role in the talks, but Haq says the United Nations hopes that can be resolved at a Jan. 13 meeting between U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.