Middle East

Syria envoy Brahimi due to hold talks with Assad, U.N. chief says

Syrian government forces take position in a residential neighbourhood in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo on September 8, 2012. UN envoy Lakhdar Brahimi admitted on September 10 he faced a "very difficult" task in his bid to end the nearly 18-month conflict which the Syrian government's traditional ally Moscow called for a peace conference involving all parties to the conflict, warning of the risks of a complete collapse of central authority as happened in Somalia in the early 1990s. AFP PHO





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