Syria peace talks resume in Geneva

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Lahkdar Brahimi

Peace talks between the government and opposition forces in Syria are due to resume in Geneva as the warring parties attempt to find a way to end three years of conflict in the country.

Millions of people have fled the fighting in Syria and over 100,000 have been killed.

The government and opposition met in face-to-face talks for the first time in Geneva in January, but failed to strike a peace deal.

The Joint UN Arab League Envoy, Lahkdar Brahimi, will once again be mediating.

Corinne Momal, the Director of Information at the UN in Geneva, said Mr Brahimi had always stated that a political agreement was the only way forward for Syria.

"He said several times and the Secretary-General said it as well. They have gone into this process with their eyes wide open with no illusions that it would be easy and fully cognoscente that the parties are wide apart. However, there is no other solution other than political dialogue."

In the so-called Geneva 1 talks, the urgency of providing humanitarian aid was also discussed.

On Friday, the parties finally agreed to a “humanitarian pause” to allow aid into the besieged Old City of Homs where thousands of people have been trapped without supplies.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations.

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