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Geneva II Conference gets underway in Switzerland on Tuesday, January 21, 2014.
A preliminary session of Syrian peace talks meant to end three years of bloodshed was an important "first, small step, " U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Wednesday after a morning of bitter exchanges from both sides.
Speaking to reporters after the first leg of talks, Ban said a "difficult road" lies ahead but the time had come for negotiations.
Geneva II Conference gets underway in Switzerland on Tuesday, January 21, 2014.
A preliminary session of Syrian peace talks meant to end three years of bloodshed was an important "first, small step, " U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Wednesday after a morning of bitter exchanges from both sides.
Speaking to reporters after the first leg of talks, Ban said a "difficult road" lies ahead but the time had come for negotiations.

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