Syria Peace Talks Resume in Switzerland
TEHRAN (Tasnim) - Syrian peace talks resumed in Geneva with the UN hoping to break a deadlock over transferring power to a transitional government and for progress on providing desperately needed humanitarian relief.
A fourth day of talks began on Tuesday between delegations from President Bashar al-Assad's government and the opposition National Coalition began around 11:00am (10:00 GMT), the UN said, after they hit an impasse Monday with the start of political discussions.
UN mediator Lakhdar Brahimi said the talks would focus on the Geneva communique, the text agreed by world powers in 2012 that calls for the creation of a transitional governing body in Syria.
Al Jazeera reported that unlike in previous days, news crews had not been allowed to film delegates arriving.
The report said Brahimi had also given warning to both sides against making inflammatory statements to the press.
Brahimi said he also hoped for concrete steps on humanitarian aid, especially for besieged and starving families in rebel-held areas in the central city of Homs.
The two sides have been brought together in the biggest diplomatic push yet to end a civil war that has left more than 130,000 dead and forced millions from their homes.