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UN chief says "very small window" for Syria peace talks

Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation - Fri, 1 Mar 2013 16:28 GMT
Author: Reuters
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GENEVA, March 1 (Reuters) - United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on Friday there was a "very small window of opportunity" for the Syrian government and opposition to hold talks on ending the civil war.

Ban, at a news conference in Geneva, also said he would meet envoy Lakhdar Brahimi in Switzerland on Saturday for private talks on the nearly two-year-old crisis.

"This is a very small window of opportunity which we strongly support and encourage them to use that. The opportunity may soon close," Ban said.

(Reporting by Stephanie Nebehay; Editing by Janet Lawrence)

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