Hague hosts key Syria talks

Arab and Western foreign ministers are meeting in London ahead of a major Syrian peace conference. They are trying to persuade the country's opposition to take part in the key talks next month.

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Political process 'only way to solve tragic Syria conflict'

Foreign Secretary William Hague said he was working to persuade members of the Syrian opposition to attend peace talks in Geneva. The opposition Syrian National Coalition said they have no faith in negotiations with the Assad regime and factions are threatening to boycott the talks.

Speaking ahead of the Friends of Syria summit in London today, Mr Hague said:

"There are different views. We want the moderate opposition in Syria to know that we are behind them going to Geneva, that we will help them, and to persuade them that this is the way, this is the only way."

Bid to persuade Syrian opposition to attend peace talks

Foreign ministers from Western powers and the Arab world will meet with representatives from the Syrian opposition in a bid to persuade them to attend a peace conference.

The main Western-backed opposition umbrella group, the Syrian National Coalition, is scheduled to meet next month to decide whether to take part in the Geneva summit.

One of the most prominent factions within the coalition, the Syrian National Council, has said it has no faith in negotiations with Bashar Assad's regime and won't be part of the Geneva process.

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Syria talks aim to shift focus back to humanitarian crisis

Children who have fled Syria at the Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan. Credit: UN World Food Programme

The countries in the "London 11", the core group of the Friends of Syria, will try to shift the focus back to the humanitarian crisis after weeks of international attention on Assad's chemical weapons stockpile.

Foreign Secretary William Hague said the meeting was to "discuss preparations for the Geneva Conference, support for the Syrian National Coalition, and our efforts to achieve a political settlement to this tragic conflict".

Representatives of the Syrian National Coalition's leadership will attend the meeting in London, along with ministers from Egypt, France, Germany, Italy, Jordan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates and the United States of America.

Foreign ministers prepare for Syria talks

Foreign ministers from Western powers and the Arab world will gather later to make preparations for a proposed Syrian peace conference.

William Hague and counterparts from 10 other countries will meet in London to discuss how to support the Syrian opposition ahead of the conference due to take place in Geneva.

The main Western-backed opposition umbrella group, the Syrian National Coalition, is scheduled to meet next month to decide whether to take part in the Geneva summit.

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