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Sunday, 03 March 2013 - 13:20
UN prepared to broker Syria peace talks
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The UN chief and his Syria envoy said they are prepared to broker peace talks between the regime and opposition, as Damascus ally Iran said Bashar al-Assad would stand again for president in 2014.

A joint statement by Ban Ki-moon and Lakhdar Brahimi said the UN would "be prepared to facilitate a dialogue between a strong and representative delegation from the opposition and a credible and empowered delegation from the Syrian government."

The UN said they met after both sides in Syria had indicated a "willingness to engage in dialogue.

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