The statue of the singer BB King is seen in front of the Montreux-Palace, the hotel that will host the "Geneva II" peace conference in Montreux on January 20, 2014. (AFP PHOTO/PHILIPPE DESMAZES)
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Better known for its jazz festival and as the inspiration for rock anthem "Smoke on the Water," Swiss town Montreux is now the hub of efforts to end the war in Syria.As Syria's government, the country's divided opposition and the international community met for talks, the town was locked down. Regional police spokesman, Jean-Christophe Sauterel underlined the challenges in a town of just 25,500 people, where rival delegations will aim to avoid each other except when actually at the talks.Keeping them apart would be a challenge as the delegations are staying in hotels within a short walk of each other, or mostly located on the two main parallel streets of the town.
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