UN-Arab League envoy for Syria Lakhdar Brahimi attends a press briefing on peace talks at the United Nations headquarters on January 29, 2014 in Geneva. AFP PHOTO / FABRICE COFFRINI
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Opposing sides in Syria's civil war stood together in silence to honour victims of the three year conflict on Thursday, but week-old peace talks were still stuck on the question of how to proceed with just one day left before they head home.The United States said on Thursday it was concerned that Syria was falling behind in a schedule to ship out its chemical weapons stockpiles to be destroyed. Reuters reported on Wednesday that Syria had given up less than 5 percent of its chemical weapons arsenal and will miss a deadline next week to send all toxic agents abroad for destruction. The sides took a first tentative step forward on Wednesday by agreeing to use a 2012 document for discussions, but it was clear on Thursday, the first day of talks under the agreed road map, that they still disagree about how to proceed.The government delegation accused the opposition of supporting terrorism for refusing to sign up to a resolution opposing it.Syria's civil war has killed 130,000 people and driven nearly a third of its 22 million people from their homes.
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