Foreign Minister Westerwelle issued the following statement today (26 November) on the planned Geneva peace conference on Syria which, based on a recent decision by UN Secretary General Ban Ki moon, is scheduled to take place on 22 January 2014:
I welcome the fact that UN Secretary General Ban Ki moon has now set a concrete date for the Geneva peace conference on Syria. This is our only real opportunity to finally embark upon a political process.
We call on all political stakeholders in Syria to participate in the Geneva conference.
We will use the remaining time to work closely with our international partners in order to make the Geneva peace process a success.
Germany is making available an additional 2 million euros to the United Nations to support the Geneva peace process and the work of the UN Special Representative for Syria, Lakhdar Brahimi.