Russia and US reaffirm support for Syria peace process

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UN and Arab League Special Envoy Lakhdar Brahimi

Russia and the United States have reaffirmed their support for the peace process aimed at bringing an end to three years of civil war in Syria.

A second round of peace talks has been taking place in Geneva between the Syrian government and opposition forces but no significant progress has been made.

The joint UN and Arab League envoy for Syria, Lakhdar Brahimi, met the Russian Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Gennady Gatilov and United States Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Wendy Sherman on Thursday.

Mr Brahimi spoke to reporters after the meeting.

"They have kindly reaffirmed their support for what we are trying to do and promised that they will help both here and in their capitals and elsewhere to unblock the situation for us, because up until now we are not making much progress in this process."

The two countries initiated the peace talks in Geneva which aim for a political solution to the conflict.

More than 100,000 people have been killed and millions have fled their homes.

Russia is a close ally of Syria, while the US has supported the opposition.

Mr Brahimi continues to mediate between the two Syrian delegations.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations

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