2" peace conferenceaimed at ending the conflict in Syria
will take place on January22, the spokesman for UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
said ina statement on Monday, ending six months of wrangling over adate for the talks.
"We will go to Geneva
with a mission of hope," said thestatement, which did not say who would attend and made nomention of whether Iran would be invited, a question that hasdivided the United States
in the past.