Syria peace talks continue in Geneva

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Lakhdar Brahimi

Bilateral meetings to bring Syria's warring parties to the negotiating table continue in Geneva.

The UN and Arab league special envoy Lakdhar Brahimi is meeting the Syrian government and the opposition Syria’s National Coalition separately.

The two sides are expected to meet face to face on Friday to start negotiations aimed at ending the three year bloody conflict that has claimed over 100,000 lives and left nearly 10 million Syrian displaced and in need of humanitarian assistance.

The negotiations are to be held in line with the June 2012 Geneva Communiqué which called for a Syrian-led transition, starting with the establishment of "a transitional governing body with full executive powers, formed by mutual consent.

The joint special envoy Brahimi is expected to speak to the media later on Friday.

At the launch of the talks on Wednesday, United Nations Secretary General Ban ki Moon urged the Syrian delegations to negotiate in good faith in order to save their country and embark on a new future.

Patrick Maigua, United Nations, Geneva.

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