Middle East

Syrian, U.N. officials meet in Homs, talk evacuations

A child clears damage and debris in the besieged area of Homs January 26, 2014. REUTERS/Thaer Al Khalidiya

DAMASCUS: State TV says a Syrian official and a U.N. representative are meeting in the embattled city of Homs to discuss how to evacuate women and children from rebel-held areas there, as was agreed on in the peace talks in Geneva.

Monday's meeting comes a day after face-to-face negotiations in the Swiss city between Syrian government representatives and the opposition yielded the limited deal on the evacuations.

British-based activist Rami Abdurrahman of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says the meeting in Homs is trying to find a safe area to where women and children could be taken.

It's unclear when the evacuation would start.

Syria's Al-Ikhbariya TV quotes Homs governor, Talal Barrazi, as saying the arrangement "has nothing to do with what is being done in the Geneva talks."





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