Posted 30.06.2012 09:35:56 UTC
Updated 30.06.2012 09:35:56 UTC
The foreign ministers of the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council - Russia, the United States, China, France and Britain - will attend Saturday's talks along with counterparts from regional powers Turkey, Kuwait, Qatar and Iraq as well as EU missions.
Turkey will be represented at the meeting by Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu. Saudi Arabia, Iran and Jordan have not been invited to the meeting. The Foreign ministers will gather in Geneva to try and forge a common strategy to end the bloodshed in Syria, but differences between Russia and the West may thwart them. Russia, Assad's main ally, insists that any transition plan must not be imposed on Syria by foreign powers.
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton held talks on Friday night in St. Petersburg with Russian Foreign Minsiter Sergei Lavrov but failed to resolve differences. Heads of state and government of EU member states who gathered in Brussels on Friday condemned Assad administration. The leaders said that an international commission should investigate massacres committed in the country and sanctions on Assad administration should be increased.