Aug. 9 - The Iranian Foreign Minister calls for talks between opposing parties in Syria to end the violence. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.
Iran calls for talks to end the crisis in Syria. As rebels battle government forces in the fight for control of the country, Iran hosts a conference to help end the 16 month old conflict. More than 25 nations are called to the table in Iran -- none of them supporting the Syrian opposition. Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi says Syria must find its own path. (SOUNDBITE) (Farsi) IRANIAN FOREIGN MINISTER, ALI AKBAR SALEHI, SAYING: "All the countries that have a role in the crisis in Syria must accept the reality that the political situation in Syria is such that -- the only way to reach a solution is through internal political talks." The Syrian government has said it is ready for dialogue --but opposition forces say there can be no talks if President Bashar al Assad remains in power.