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Syria peace talks break off, no new date set

A second round of peace talks between Syria's warring sides broke off Saturday without making any progress and without a date being set for a third round, the UN mediator said. "I think it is better that every side goes back and reflects on their responsibility, (and on whether) they want this process to continue or not," Lakhdar Brahimi told reporters in Geneva. Speaking on the final day of a second round of talks that have been mired from the start by blame-trading over the violence ravaging Syria, he apologised to the Syrian people for not making progress.

U.S., Russia pledge to unblock Syria talks, Brahimi says

GENEVA (Reuters) - The United States and Russia have pledged to help unblock stalled negotiations between Syria's two warring sides, international mediator Lakhdar Brahimi said on Thursday. Brahimi held a two-hour meeting with U.S. Under Secretary of State Wendy Sherman and Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov to try to salvage faltering peace talks between the opposition and Syrian government.

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 Syria mediator Brahimi is master of patience

Despite the slim pickings from a week of UN-brokered peace talks between Syria's warring sides, getting them to the table at all was a huge feat in itself. But for international mediator Lakhdar Brahimi, that was all in a day's work in a job that requires patience, persistence, strong will and fine-tuned diplomacy. The 80-year-old Algerian has long been one of the most respected envoys in the world, called in when the mission seems impossible.

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.

'Nobody walking out' of Syria peace talks: UN envoy

Neither of the warring sides in the Syria peace talks under way in Geneva was prepared to give up Tuesday despite two days of deadlock, the UN mediator in the negotiations said. Lakhdar Brahimi vowed to push ahead with the talks, and said he remained hopeful that an agreement to help people in besieged areas of Homs would translate into action on the ground. "Nobody is walking out, nobody is running away," Brahimi told reporters after cutting short a fourth day of talks aimed at ending the bloody civil war that has claimed 130,000 lives.

Syria to allow women, children to leave besieged parts of Homs

The Syrian regime has agreed to allow women and children to leave besieged rebel-held areas of the central city of Homs, UN mediator Lakhdar Brahimi said Sunday at peace talks in Geneva. "What we have been told by the government side is that women and children in this besieged area of the city are welcome to leave immediately," Brahimi told reporters. "Hopefully starting tomorrow, women and children will be able to leave the Old City in Homs."

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.
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