No expectations for "substantive" progress in Syria talks

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Lakhdar Brahimi

The joint UN and Arab League Envoy for Syria has said that he does not expect "substantive" progress in peace talks taking place in Geneva.

Lakdhar Brahimi is acting as a mediator between the Syrian government and opposition forces who have been fighting a civil war for the past three years.

Over 100,000 people have been killed during the conflict according to the United Nations.

Speaking to reporters after the latest round of talks Mr Brahmi said it was enough for the two parties just to be meeting.

"I do not expect that we will achieve anything substantive. I am very happy that we are still talking, that the ice is breaking slowly, but it is breaking and that we will separate on Friday and discuss what we will do when we resume."

Face-to-face negotiations began on for the first time Monday using the June 2012 Geneva communiqué as a basis for a future Syria.

The communiqué calls for the formation of a transitional authority with full executive powers.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations

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