Syria's Foreign Minister and head of the Syrian government delegation Walid Muallem speaks during a press briefing on peace talks at the United Nations headquarters on January 31, 2014 in Geneva. AFP PHOTO / PHILIPPE DESMAZES
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A week of UN-brokered peace talks between Syria's opposition and government has failed to achieve any tangible results, Foreign Minister Walid Muallem said Friday.Muallem spoke after UN mediator Lakhdar Brahimi said he aimed to bring the two sides back to the table for a new round of talks from February 10 .Syria's conflict erupted in March 2011 after a regime crackdown on peaceful Arab Spring-inspired protests.The Geneva talks marked the first time Syria's warring sides had sat down together since the war began.A key gap is over the future of Assad, who the opposition insists must go right away and deserves to be tried by the Syrian people over his regime's abuses.
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