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Syria talks in Geneva set for November 23-24, Arab League says

Peace talks aimed at ending Syria's civil war will be held November 23-24 in Geneva, the head of the Arab League said Sunday.

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Nabil Elaraby, Secretary-General of the Arab League, gives his first press conference at the Arab League on July 19, 2011, in Cairo. (AFP/AFP/Getty Images)

Peace talks aimed at ending Syria's civil war will be held November 23-24 in Geneva, Arab League head Nabil Elarby said Sunday.

His remarks, made to reporters after a meeting with Syria's international envoy in Cairo, confirm tentative dates announced last week by Syria's deputy prime minister, Qadri Jamil.

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But the talks, dubbed Geneva 2, aren't set in stone just yet.

Conference organizers Russia and the United States have said no date has been set for the talks, as did Arab League-UN envoy to Syria Lakhdar Brahimi following his meeting with Elarby.

Brahimi said he would travel to Qatar, Turkey, Iran and Syria, as well as Geneva, to meet American, Russian and Security Council member officials "after which a final date for the Geneva 2 conference will be announced."

While the date remains up in the air, attendance does as well.

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The Syrian opposition coalition has not confirmed whether it will attend the Geneva talks, but the largest group within the coalition — the Syrian National Council — declared it would not take part.

A "Friends of Syria" meeting is due to take place in London on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, violence in Syria continued Sunday, with a car bomb killing at least 30 people in the central Syrian city of Hama.

The UN estimates at least 100,000 people have died since the conflict began more than two years ago.

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