United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon sits inside a tent belonging to a Syrian refugee family at a refugee camp in Irbil, 217 miles (350 kilometers) north of Baghdad, Iraq, Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014. (AP Photo)
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Kerry expressed hope this week that the opposition would attend the so-called Geneva II talks set to open on Jan. 22, saying they were a "test of credibility of everybody" in the conflict.The coalition is divided over whether to attend the talks in the Swiss city of Montreux but is expected to make a decision Friday. The coalition official, speaking in London, said other backers of the opposition were not applying the same pressure as Britain and the U.S. Kerry said after meeting with Pope Francis's right-hand man Pietro Parolin that the U.S. welcomed Vatican support.Russia, the chief ally of President Bashar Assad's regime, is keen to see Iran at Geneva II, but the U.S. has said Tehran should first back an accord on a transitional government.
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