Syria peace conference in mid-November

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will announce Friday that a new Syria peace conference will be held in Geneva in mid-November, UN diplomats told AFP.

"Ban will announce that there is a tentative date for mid-November," one diplomat said.

Other envoys confirmed the date after a meeting between Ban and foreign ministers from Britain, China, France, Russia and the United States on the Syrian crisis.

A first peace conference was held in June 2012 but there has been no follow up because of divisions in the Syrian opposition and the international community.

Ban will start contacts with his Syria peace envoy Lakhdar Brahimi next week on setting the firm date and who will attend the new meeting, diplomats said.

The 2012 conference among the major powers agreed that there should be a transitional government in Syria with full executive powers.

It also determined that there should be a new conference to decide how to implement the accord.