U.N. Official: Syrian Peace Talks to Resume in Geneva

GENEVA (AP) -

A top U.N. official says Geneva will host new diplomatic talks in January aimed at resolving the Syrian conflict.

Michael Moller, the head of the United Nations in Geneva, told reporters Tuesday that the talks will take place at the U.N. office in the Swiss city, though no date has been set yet. He did not provide further details.

The Security Council on Friday gave its unanimous support for relaunching the peace process next month, by bringing representatives of the government and the opposition to the negotiating table.

Last year, two rounds of peace talks between government and regime representatives in Geneva ended in failure, due to dispute over President Bashar Assad’s fate. The conflict is now in its fifth year and at least 250,000 people have been killed so far.