UN backs Iran going to Syria peace conference

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says Iran is a very important regional power that can play a major role in helping end the Syrian conflict and should be allowed to participate in next month`s peace conference in Switzerland.

PTI| Updated: Dec 24, 2013, 05:29 AM IST

United Nations: Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says Iran is a very important regional power that can play a major role in helping end the Syrian conflict and should be allowed to participate in next month`s peace conference in Switzerland.

Lakhdar Brahimi, the UN-Arab League Syria envoy, said Friday the United States is blocking Iran`s participation. The UN chief said today he plans to issue invitations before the end of December to the Jan.

22 peace conference and expressed hope that "the question of Iran`s participation is resolved soon."

The UN chief said "negotiations will be difficult, but without them there is only bloodshed and despair on the horizon."