Middle East

Syria talks to go into third round, opposition says

Syrian opposition chief negotiator Hadi al-Bahra (2nd L), spokesperson for the Syrian National Coalition Louay Safi (2nd R) and General Secretary of the Syrian National Council Badr Jamous (R) arrive to take part in a meeting during the second round of peace talks, "Geneva II", at the United Nations on February 14, 2014 in Geneva. AFP PHOTO/PHILIPPE DESMAZES

GENEVA: International mediator Lakhdar Brahimi plans to take Syrian peace talks into a third round, an opposition official said on Friday, as negotiations neared the end of a second round with no sign of progress.

"Brahimi just told us the talks will continue and there will be a third round, but he did not set a date," opposition negotiator Ahmad Jakal told Reuters.

Brahimi told the opposition that there would be a further session of talks on Saturday, but he did not say if he would meet the two delegations together or separately, Jakal added.

Brahimi also said he would fly to New York "shortly" to meet U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, Jakal said.





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