U.N. mediator Lakhdar Brahimi gestures during a press briefing at the United Nations headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014. (AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus)
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Syria's regime agreed at peace talks in Geneva Sunday to allow women and children safe passage from rebel-held areas of the city of Homs where they have been under siege for months.In the first tangible promise to emerge from the talks, UN mediator Lakhdar Brahimi said President Bashar al-Assad's regime would allow the women and children out "from now on". The subject of Homs -- where hundreds of families in the Old City are living under siege with near-daily shelling and the barest of supplies -- has been discussed at length since the two parties started face-to-face talks on Saturday.Syrian Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Muqdad confirmed that women and children would be allowed to leave and blamed rebel forces for preventing it in the first place.Talks on Sunday also touched on the thousands of people jailed, kidnapped or missing in Syria and efforts to negotiate prisoner exchanges.The opposition said it had a preliminary list of 47,000 people held by the government, including 2,300 women and children whose names it had submitted.
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