Western and Arab foreign ministers arrive in Switzerland to try to reach an agreement on how to end 16 months of violence in Syria. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
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Foreign ministers from Western powers and Arab countries are attending a meeting convened by international mediator Kofi Annan in Geneva to try and forge a common strategy to end the 16 month-old conflict in Syria, but differences over the fate of Syria's President Bashar al-Assad may thwart them.
British Foreign Minister William Hague urged Russia and China to agree with Western powers on a political transition plan for Syria, but said the talks would be very difficult.
Western powers and Syria's opposition say Assad should not be a part of any future government while Russia and China say there should be no such condition imposed on Syria from outside the country.