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Syria mediator Brahimi to meet U.S. and Russian ministers on Friday: U.N.

GENEVA (Reuters) - The international mediator for Syria, Lakhdar Brahimi, will hold talks with Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov and U.S. Under Secretary Wendy Sherman in Geneva on Friday, a U.N. statement said on Monday. The statement was issued after Brahimi met separately with the Syrian government and opposition at the start of a second round of peace talks in the Swiss city, expected to last all week. (Reporting by Stephanie Nebehay; Editing by Kevin Liffey)

UN mediator to meet US, Russian diplomats on Syria

Lakhdar Brahimi, who is struggling to mediate a peace deal between Syria's warring sides, will meet with high-level Russian and US diplomats in Geneva this week, the UN said Monday. The UN and Arab League mediator Lakhdar Brahimi will meet with Russian Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Gennady Gatilov and US Under Secretary of State Wendy Sherman on Friday, the UN said without providing more details.

Russia seeks meeting with U.S., U.N., Syrian delegations in Geneva

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia has proposed that Russian, American and U.N. officials meet the Syrian government and opposition delegations at peace talks in Geneva, Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov was quoted as saying on Monday. Bogdanov said the Russian, U.S. and U.N. representatives could hold a single meeting with both Syrian sides or separate meetings with the government and opposition, state-run news agency RIA reported.

Exclusive: Brahimi to meet Syria sides separately, demands peace commitment - document

By Khaled Yacoub Oweis GENEVA (Reuters) - Mediator Lakhdar Brahimi will meet representatives of the warring sides in Syria separately for the first few days of a second round of talks that began on Monday, after the breaking of a local ceasefire set back peace efforts. In a letter reviewed by Reuters on Monday, Brahimi increased pressure on the two sides to show willingness in a peace process sponsored by Moscow and Washington that made no progress in the first round.

UN's deputy Syria mediator steps down

The deputy to the United Nations' Syria mediator Lakhdar Brahimi will leave his post this week, the UN said on Monday. The UN did not specify the reason for Nasser al-Kidwa's prompt departure, but said that he had indicated "his willingness to serve the United Nations in other capacities." UN chief Ban Ki-moon thanked Kidwa for his efforts "in trying to end the bloodshed in Syria and move toward a Syrian-led transition," according to a statement by Ban's spokesman Martin Nesirky.

UN's deputy Syria mediator steps down

The deputy to the United Nations' Syria mediator Lakhdar Brahimi will leave his post this week, the UN said on Monday. The UN did not specify the reason for Nasser al-Kidwa's prompt departure, but said that he had indicated "his willingness to serve the United Nations in other capacities." UN chief Ban Ki-moon thanked Kidwa for his efforts "in trying to end the bloodshed in Syria and move toward a Syrian-led transition," according to a statement by Ban's spokesman Martin Nesirky.

Brahimi's deputy leaves Syria talks team

By Khaled Yacoub Oweis GENEVA (Reuters) - Deputy mediator Nasser al-Kidwa has left the team running peace talks aimed at ending the war in Syria, diplomatic sources said on Monday, after repeated calls from the Syrian government for him to be removed. "He has been sacked," one of the diplomats said. The United Nations confirmed his departure and said he had informed Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon of his intention to leave his post as deputy to international mediator Lakhdar Brahimi, effective this week.

UN mediator doesn't expect 'substantive' result at Syria talks round

UN mediator Lakhdar Brahimi said Wednesday he did not expect a week of peace talks in Geneva between Syria's warring sides to produce "anything substantive". "To be blunt, I do not expect that we will achieve anything substantive," Brahimi told reporters after a fifth day of talks in the Swiss city, which are set to conclude Friday.

UN mediator doesn't expect 'substantive' result at Syria talks round

UN mediator Lakhdar Brahimi said Wednesday he did not expect a week of peace talks in Geneva between Syria's warring sides to produce "anything substantive". "To be blunt, I do not expect that we will achieve anything substantive," Brahimi told reporters after a fifth day of talks in the Swiss city, which are set to conclude Friday.

Brahimi says no substantive progress at Syria talks

GENEVA (Reuters) - International mediator Lakhdar Brahimi said on Wednesday that he does not expect to achieve anything substantive in the first round of Syria talks ending on Friday but hoped for a more productive second round starting about a week later. He voiced hope that Russia and the United States would exert greater influence over the two sides to bridge "quite large" gaps, adding that the United Nations and Syria's government were still negotiating access for aid to the rebel-held Old City of Homs.
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