France sees snags in plans for Syria peace talks

May 14, 2013 10:09

PARIS - France's foreign minister warned on Tuesday a planned Syrian peace conference bringing both the government and rebels to the negotiating table would be hard to organize, doubting it could be held imminently.

The doubts came after US President Barack Obama backed a new joint US-Russian effort to seek a diplomatic solution picking up from a meeting in Geneva last June, but also cited an array of obstacles to a credible peace process.

"We want to create a transitional government that will take over the powers of (Syrian President) Bashar al Assad and as a result he would be sidelined," Laurent Fabius told RTL radio.

"I'm supporting the 'Geneva 2' talks, but it's extremely difficult," Fabius said of the name given to efforts to hold a second conference in the Swiss city in coming weeks.

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