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Talks over, little sign of progress towards Syria peace

Published on Feb 1, 2014 7:28 PM
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Syrian opposition leader Ahmad al-Jarba gestures as he makes a statement after the conclusion of talks on Syria, in Geneva, on Jan 31, 2014. Syrian government and opposition delegations leave ten days of peace talks with few results and a follow-up meeting uncertain, but analysts and negotiators say the discussions are an important beginning. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

BEIRUT (AFP) - Syrian government and opposition delegations leave ten days of peace talks with few results and a follow-up meeting uncertain, but analysts and negotiators say the discussions are an important beginning.

The immediate post-mortem on the talks from Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Muallem was blunt.

"I regret to tell you that we have not reached tangible results during this week," he said as the talks wrapped up in Geneva on Friday.

Despite persistent pressure from UN-Arab League envoy Lakhdar Brahimi, and cosponsors Russia and the United States, the two delegations failed to agree on a single point.

 
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