Jan. 21 - British Foreign Secretary William Hague lands in Switzerland ahead of Wednesday's Geneva 2 talks. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: British Foreign Secretary William Hague arrived in Geneva on Tuesday (January 21) ahead of the upcoming "Geneva 2" conference on Syria. The peace conference, which begins on Wednesday (January 22), will be the first meeting between the Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's government and his opponents. The opposition says the talks, actually taking place in Montreux, must seek Assad's removal from power. The U.N. secretary-general nearly torpedoed the talks with his botched invitation to Iran which he later withdrew. Western countries have long insisted Tehran sign up to the final statement from the previous Geneva conference in 2012 before it could attend other talks. It has been 18 months since a previous international peace conference in Geneva ended in failure, and all other diplomatic initiatives have also proven fruitless.