UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon announced on Monday that the Geneva II international peace conference for Syria would take place on January 22, Ban's spokesman Martin Nesirky wrote on Twitter.
He said it would have been impermissible to miss this opportunity to stop the suffering in Syria.
It will be a mission of hope, the UN Secretary General said.
The Syrian authorities and the opposition are expected to sit down at the negotiating table of Geneva II for the first time since the beginning of the 32-month-long conflict.
"Its goal is the full implementation of the Geneva Communique of 30 June 2012, including the establishment, based on mutual consent, of a transitional governing body with full executive powers, including over military and security entities," Ban said.
"The Geneva conference is the vehicle for a peaceful transition that fulfills the legitimate aspirations of all the Syrian people for freedom and dignity, and which guarantees safety and protection to all communities in Syria," he stated.
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