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Saturday 19 April 2014

Syria peace talks moved to Montreux

Humanitarian aid is ready to be loaded onto a plane for Syrian refugees (AP)

The opening of a Syria peace conference in Switzerland next month has been moved from Geneva to Montreux, the United Nations said today.

Khawla Mattar, a spokeswoman for the UN's special envoy to Syria, Lakhdar Brahimi, said the talks will begin in Montreux Palace on January 22.

Ms Mattar told reporters that the move to Montreux, home of the famous jazz festival, was necessary because a luxury watch fair has taken up all the hotel rooms in Geneva.

She said foreign ministers will speak on the first day, then the conference will break up and reconvene on January 24 at the UN European headquarters in Geneva.

The Syrian civil war has killed more than 100,000 people and sent millions of refugees fleeing the country.

AP

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