peace, please?

Syria and Rebels Confirm Talks

Both representatives from Syria's government and the main opposition coalition will be partaking in the upcoming United Nations-brokered peace talks. There's no smooth sailing here, though. Both sides see different results from the talks, with the rebels hoping for a transitional government and the Assad administration asserting it will not surrender power. The negotiations will begin January 22 in Geneva. The West-backed Syrian National Coalition says President Assad will have no place in a new government, while the Syrian foreign ministry says if rebels "insist on holding fast to these illusions" they do not need to attend discussions.