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U.N.: 'Urgent discussions' under way on Syria talks

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    Jordanian Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh , center, speaks with U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon before a meeting of the United Nations Security Council at U.N. headquarters, Monday, Jan. 20, 2014. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)

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    Jordanian Foreign Minister and President of the United Nations Security Council Nasser Judeh , right, listens to U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon during a meeting of the United Nations Security Council at U.N. headquarters, Monday, Jan. 20, 2014. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)

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    The United Nations Security Council meets at U.N. headquarters, today.

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The United Nations Security Council meets at U.N. headquarters, today.

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UNITED NATIONS — U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is “urgently considering his options” in light of the “disappointing conduct of some participants” involved in the Syria peace talks after he invited Iran to attend, his spokesman said today.

Martin Nesirky told reporters today that Ban “is dismayed” at the developments after he announced the invitation Sunday.

Nesirky says Iran, despite assurances, “has made a disappointing public statement” that suggests Iran doesn’t accept the terms of this week’s peace talks in Switzerland.

Senior U.S. officials say the invitation must be withdrawn unless Iran fully and publicly endorses the formation of a transitional government for Syria that would pave the way for democratic elections.

Syria’s main Western-backed opposition group says Iran must commit publicly by 1900 GMT to withdraw its “troops and militias” from Syria and abide by those terms, or the U.N. should withdraw the invitation.

Iran is a close ally of Syrian President Bashar Assad.

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