Envoy asks Syrian parties to allow women and children to leave besieged Homs

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UN and Arab League Special Envoy Lakdhar Brahimi

Women and children are still trapped of Homs in Syria despite an agreement by the government to allow them to come out of the besieged city.

That's what the joint UN-Arab League envoy for Syria, Lakhdar Brahimi said on Monday as the talks to end the conflict in Syria continued in Geneva.

Mr. Brahimi spoke to reporters about the discussions he has been having with representatives of the government and opposition.

"The humanitarian discussions haven't produced much, unfortunately. I told you yesterday that there was an agreement by the government that women and children can come out of the old city in Homs. I think they are still discussing how this should be done. I think the government is willing to make it happen but it's not easy because there are snipers and there are all sorts of problems."

Mr. Brahimi also said that there has been no decision yet on allowing a convoy that is ready to deliver food and non-food items such as medicines to Homs.

Regarding the talks to end the conflict and find a solution to the Syrian crisis, Mr. Brahimi said there is "apparently" the will to continue the discussion, stressing that there are "no miracles"

Derrick Mbatha

, United Nations.

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