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UN chief Ban says conference aimed at ending Syria conflict set for Jan. 22

The "Geneva 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 and Russia in the past.
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