"No breakthrough" in Syria peace talksListen /
The warring parties in Syria have failed to make a breakthrough in peace talks in Geneva according to the joint UN-Arab League envoy for Syria, Lakhdar Brahimi.
The United Nations estimates that over 100,000 people have been killed during the three year civil war and 9.5 million people displaced and in need of humanitarian support.
Face-to-face negotiations have been continuing between government and opposition groups using the June 2012Genevacommuniqué as a basis for a future Syria.
The document calls for the establishment of a transitional authority with executive powers.
Speaking to reporters in Geneva, Mr Brahimi said discussions have begun on the communiqué.
"The opposition must have told you, I am sure, but they presented their view of how to implement the communiqué of 30 June. The government has not yet done so but we have discussed quite a number of things. We have not achieved any breakthrough but we are still at it and this is good enough as far as I am concerned."
Both parties have committed to staying at the negotiating table until Friday.
Daniel Dickinson, United Nations