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Warnings of failure as Syria talks deadlocked

Published on Feb 12, 2014 5:48 AM

GENEVA (AFP) - Syria peace talks showed no signs of movement on Tuesday, sparking warnings of failure, as the evacuation of civilians from besieged rebel-held areas of Syria's third city Homs was suspended.

Little progress towards breaking the deadlock was apparent, despite appeals from UN-Arab League mediator Lakhdar Brahimi to end the "nightmare" of the Syrian people.

The veteran peacemaker was downbeat after a three-hour session on Tuesday marking the first face-to-face talks between Syria's rival camps this month.

"The beginning of this week is as laborious as it was the first week," Brahimi told reporters. "We are not making much progress." The current round of talks is set to last until Friday.

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