Syrian Red Crescent workers evacuate children from the besieged Yarmuk Palestinian refugee camp, south of the Syrian capital Damascus on January 19, 2014. (AFP PHOTO/STR)
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The United Nations and Iran said Monday the Islamic Republic would not attend the Geneva II peace talks on Syria after a day of frantic diplomacy left the fate of the entire conference hanging in the balance.However, by Monday evening a spokesperson for U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told reporters that Iran's invitation to the peace conference had been officially withdrawn after Tehran declared it did not support the 2012 political transition deal, known as Geneva I, as the basis for talks.However, Iran's U.N. ambassador, also speaking Monday evening, said Iran would not take part if it was required to accept the 2012 deal.However, the U.N. about-turn on Iran was directly followed by a statement from the coalition saying it would go to Montreux this week.
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