UN chief voices caution on Syria peace talks

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United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, speaks during a news conference after the opening session of the Economic and Social Council, ECOSOC, at the European headquarters of the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, Monday, July 1, 2013. The world's nations will have to pick up the pace to meet some of their key anti-poverty targets set for 2015, Ban Ki-moon said t the outset of a month-long session of the organization's main economic arm. (AP Photo/Keystone, Jean-Christophe Bott)

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GENEVA (AP) — The U.N. secretary-general says the participation of Iran and Saudi Arabia in the proposed Syria peace talks in Geneva remains a stumbling block that has not yet been resolved.

Ban Ki-moon said Monday that he expects both Syrian government and the opposition groups to send delegations to the talks, planned for this summer.

Ban said that some nations remain divided whether to invite Iran and Saudi Arabia, who have been supporting the warring sides in the civil war that has killed tens of thousands of people, and displaced millions.

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