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Wednesday, 22 January 2014 | MYT 4:35 PM

Syria peace conference opens in Switzerland

MONTREUX, Switzerland (Reuters) - International peace talks to address Syria's almost three-year-old civil war opened in Montreux near Geneva on Wednesday with a speech by U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.

Present at the talks were delegations from the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and Syrian exile opposition groups as well as the United Nations, United States and Russia.

(Writing by Samia Nakhoul; Editing by Kevin Liffey)

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