Fresh round of Syria peace talks start in Geneva

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Syrian refugee boy in an overcrowded camp in the town of Harmanli, 50 kilometres from the Turkish-Bulgarian border, UNHCR/D. Kashavelov

A new round of negotiations to end the fighting in Syria has kicked off at the United Nations in Geneva.

The UN-Arab League Joint Special Representative for Syria is meeting the two sides to the conflict separately for the next two days.

The talks will focus on stopping a civil war which has been going on for three years, as well as setting up a transitional governing body.

On Saturday, Lakhdar Brahimi met with the opposition delegation and he is expected to meet with the government delegation on Monday.

Meanwhile, the World Food Programme (WFP) managed to send three trucks of food aid with the help of the Syrian Red Crescent in the Old City of Homs during a three day humanitarian pause.

Elizabeth Byrs, WFP Spokesperson said she did not know if the distribution of aid would continue.

"We have no new information on what will happen regarding the humanitarian operation. We hope of course, that distributions will continue to help the people but it has become obvious that one convoy is not enough. It is a drop in the sea. We request full and continued access not only in Homs but also in 40 other areas that are still under siege in Syria where people urgently need humanitarian aid." (29″)

On Saturday, UN and Red Crescent aid workers who entered the besieged city to deliver critical aid were deliberately targeted.

However, after taking cover from the shelling and the shooting, they managed to resume their operations and deliver hygiene kits, medicine and food items, confirmed Ms. Byrs.

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.

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