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Syria warring sides met in same room in Geneva

Syria's warring sides met briefly together in the same room on Saturday for the first time since peace talks started in Geneva, the UN said. UN mediator Lakhdar Brahimi's spokeswoman confirmed Saturday morning that he and the two sides were meeting in the same room. The meeting, during which Brahimi spoke while the two delegations had listened, wrapped up in under half an hour, a source inside the room told AFP.

Syrian government and opposition meet in presence of mediator

GENEVA (Reuters) - Syrian government and opposition delegations met briefly in the presence of international mediator Lakhdar Brahimi at the United Nations on Saturday, their first session of talks aimed at launching political negotations to end Syria's civil war. "The first session has ended - Brahimi spoke for 30 minutes and none of the delegates said anything," opposition delegate Anas al-Abdah told reporters after the meeting.

Syria warring sides agree to meet in same room: UN mediator

Syria's regime and opposition have agreed to meet together in the same room for peace talks in Geneva on Saturday, UN mediator Lakhdar Brahimi said. "I met the delegations of the opposition and the government separately yesterday (Thursday) and again today (Friday) and tomorrow (Saturday) we expect, we have agreed, that we will meet in the same room," Brahimi told journalists.

U.N.'s Brahimi says Syrian negotiators to remain over weekend

BEIRUT (Reuters) - International mediator Lakhdar Brahimi said on Friday Syrian government and opposition delegations will remain in Geneva throughout the weekend for talks, but said the process would not be easy. "Both parties will be here tomorrow...they will not leave on Saturday or Sunday," Brahimi told a news conference after separate meetings with the two delegations.

U.N.'s Brahimi says Syrian negotiators to remain over weekend

BEIRUT (Reuters) - International mediator Lakhdar Brahimi said on Friday Syrian government and opposition delegations will remain in Geneva throughout the weekend for talks, but said the process would not be easy. "Both parties will be here tomorrow...they will not leave on Saturday or Sunday," Brahimi told a news conference after separate meetings with the two delegations.

Syria warring sides not in same room for start of talks

Syria's warring sides will not sit in the same room for the start of talks in Geneva Friday despite efforts by UN mediator Lakhdar Brahimi to bring them together, officials said. Brahimi spent Thursday in separate closed-door meetings with delegations from President Bashar al-Assad's regime and the opposition, trying to convince them to come together for their first talks since the start of Syria's civil war.

U.N.'s Brahimi starts talks with Syrian government

GENEVA (Reuters) - International mediator Lakhdar Brahimi and a Syrian government delegation led by Foreign Minister Walid al-Moualem began meeting on Friday at the United Nations in Geneva, a witness said. Brahimi is due to meet separately with the Syrian opposition delegation at 1600/1400gmt, a U.N. spokeswoman said. "Both meetings are private," a U.N. statement said, later confirming that Brahimi had started talks with the government delegation.

U.N.'s Brahimi ends talks with Syrian government

GENEVA (Reuters) - International mediator Lakhdar Brahimi ended talks with a Syrian government delegation on Friday after less than an hour, two security officials said. Brahimi is due to meet separately with the Syrian opposition delegation later on Friday in an effort to start negotiations aimed at ending nearly three years of conflict. (Reporting by Mariam Karouny; Writing by Dominic Evans; Editing by Tom Miles)

Syria says will leave talks if no 'serious sessions' before Saturday

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moualem was quoted by state television on Friday as telling international mediator Lakhdar Brahimi that if no serious work sessions were held by Saturday, the government delegation would leave. Brahimi and a Syrian government delegation met on Friday at the United Nations in Geneva, a witness said, and the mediator is due to meet the Syrian opposition delegation later on Friday. State television said the meeting was characterized by a "positive atmosphere".

U.N. confirms that Brahimi to hold separate talks with Syrians

GENEVA (Reuters) - The United Nations confirmed on Friday that Syria mediator Lakhdar Brahimi will meet Syrian government and opposition delegations separately on Friday. Earlier, opposition delegates told Reuters that the opposition will not meet with the delegation led by Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moualem until it endorses the Geneva communique of June 30, 2012 calling for a transitional governing body to be established.
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