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Geneva II talks to continue Jan 25, Syrian factions to meet in one room

January 24, 2014, 22:13 UTC+3 GENEVA

At the end of next week, a pause of several days would be made so that the sides could continue the consultations and the process would resume afterwards

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GENEVA, January 24, /ITAR-TASS/. Talks in the format of the Geneva II peace conference will continue January 25 and the parties to the Syrian conflict will meet all in one room, Lakhdar Brahimi, a special envoy of the United Nations and the Arab League said, upon the outcome of separate meetings with the delegations of the Syrian government and the opposition.

He admitted, however, that once the parties got together at the same conference table, the process would very unlikely be an easy-moving one.

The participants of peace talks on Syria, currently underway in Geneva, agree that the process is based on the Geneva-1 communique, United Nations and Arab League special envoy on Syria, Lakhdar Brahimi, said.

The key aim of the current talks is to look for ways to put into effect the provisions of the communiquй, the diplomat said.

The Geneva-1 Communique, which in particular envisions “the establishment of a transitional governing body” in Syria, was adopted on June 30, 2012 at a conference of an “action group” on Syria in Geneva. That conference is now commonly referred to as “Geneva-1.”

A logical continuation of Geneva-1 - the Geneva-2 international peace conference on Syria - opened on January 22, 2014 in the Swiss city of Montreux, and is now ongoing in Geneva. It seeks to negotiate a solution to the Syrian crisis, which has claimed over 100,000 lives and displaced millions since its start in 2011.

Groundwork for direct talks between the Syrian government and opposition is being laid during Geneva-2 now.

Brahimi, a veteran Algerian diplomat, said he ruled out for sure a possibility of either delegation walking out of the talks.

He said the negotiations would continue through to the end of next week and he expressed the hope that Saturday would mark a fair beginning.

At the end of next week, a pause of several days would be made so that the sides could continue the consultations and the process would resume afterwards.

When Itar-Tass asked him about the issues Saturday’s discussions would start off with, Brahimi said the first session was needed to understand what everyone was about to do.

The sides would take up practical questions, which he hoped would make the talks at later stages simpler.

Brahimi also called attention to the fact that Friday’s consultations with both sides were quite encouraging.

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