A member of the Syrian television wipes the face of Syrian Information Minister Omran al-Zohbi (L) before an interview during the Syrian peace talks at the United Nations headquarters on February 11, 2014 in Geneva. AFP PHOTO / PHILIPPE DESMAZES
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Syria peace talks showed no signs of movement Tuesday, sparking warnings of failure, as the evacuation of civilians from besieged rebel-held areas of Syria's third city Homs was suspended.The veteran peacemaker was downbeat after a three-hour session Tuesday marking the first face-to-face talks between Syria's rival camps this month.The current round of talks is set to last until Friday.The regime insists Assad's future is non-negotiable and that the talks must focus on halting "terrorism" -- its term for a revolt it says is fuelled by foreign jihadists and Gulf money.The opposition, which notes that the mainstream Free Syrian Army rebels are themselves fighting the jihadists, rejects the broadbrush terror label applied by the regime.The regime has said men must be interrogated in order to weed out "terrorists", but the opposition raised fears that separating men from women and children could be a tactic to detain them.Washington and the opposition have said they would support the idea if it could move things forward, but the regime delegation was sceptical.
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