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Syria crisis - Geneva II explained in 60 seconds

21 January 2014 Last updated at 15:18 GMT

Some 30 countries are sending representatives to Geneva for talks on ending the war in Syria.

Nearly three years of conflict have left more than 100,000 people dead and forced 9.5m from their homes, but there appears no end in sight to the fighting.

Here is the background to the talks in Switzerland - in 60 seconds.

Video produced by Michael Hirst