Ban Ki-moon closes Syrian peace talks

BY newsdesk  January 22, 2014 at 1:01 PM EDT
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U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, here in a photo from 2012, asked for the Syrian delegations to dedicate themselves to ending the civil war. Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images

United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon ended peace talks in Montreux, Switzerland Wednesday. Ban called for the Syrian delegations, representing the government and opposition party, to work towards a solution to the three-year civil war:

“I hope that the real negotiations will begin in all their sincerity and with the full speed to embrace these goals. May both Syrian delegations be guided by wisdom, a deep sense of urgency, a spirit of compromise and a determination to preserve their country and its unique social fabric and to end the suffering of its people.”

Peace talks began Wednesday with participants trading angry remarks. Talks will continue in Geneva, Switzerland on Jan. 24.