ef. On 30 October 2015 a conference on Syria took place in Vienna. Participants were the foreign ministers of 17 countries as well as representatives of the UN and the EU. For the first time also Iran was involved in the international conference on Syria. It was the first time that all important foreign actors in the conflict took a seat at the negotiation table. At the conference key parameters for a peaceful settlement of the Syrian conflict were established. In the joint final declaration it was expressly stated that the Syrian people – and no international actors – should decide on the future of the country. According to the Vienna newspaper “Die Presse” the talks in Vienna will continue on 14 November 2015. Here is the exact wording of the final declaration:
Final declaration on the results of the Syria Talks in Vienna as agreed by participants Meeting in Vienna, on October 30, 2015, China, Egypt, the EU, France, Germany, Iran, Iraq, Italy, Jordan, Lebanon, Oman, Qatar, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, the United Nations, and the United States [“the participants”] came together to discuss the grave situation in Syria and how to bring about an end to the violence as soon as possible.
The participants had a frank and constructive discussion, covering major issues. While substantial differences remain among the participants, they reached a mutual understanding on the following:
The participants will spend the coming days working to narrow remaining areas of disagreement, and build on areas of agreement. Ministers will reconvene within two weeks to continue these discussions.
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