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UN Syria envoy to keep pushing for mutual understanding between Syrian parties

January 24, 2014, 21:22 UTC+3 GENEVA
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GENEVA, January 24, /ITAR-TASS/. Lakhdar Brahimi, the United Nations and Arab League special envoy on Syria, said Friday he would keep doing everything possible for the parties to the Syrian conflict to reach mutual understanding.

Speaking with Syrian journalists today after a meeting with the Syrian government delegation in Geneva, Brahimi said he would do his best to achieve the goal.

The Syrian government delegation led by Foreign Minister Walid Muallem held talks with Brahimi on Friday. A meeting between the opposition delegation and Brahimi in Geneva’s Palace of Nations is currently ongoing.

The Geneva-2 international peace conference on Syria kicked off on January 22 in Montreux, Switzerland, and continues in Geneva. It seeks to find ways out of the Syrian crisis, which has claimed over 100,000 lives and displaced millions since its start in 2011. The forum is expected to be followed by direct talks between the Syrian government and opposition.

Syrian opposition representatives have told Western reporters they will not start talks with the Syrian government until Damascus agrees to the terms of the June 30, 2012 Geneva Communique, that in particular envisions “the establishment of a transitional governing body.

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