U.N.-Arab League mediator Lakhdar Brahimi meets with Secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council, Ali Shamkhani, at his office in Tehran, Iran, Sunday, March 16, 2014. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)
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The United Nations peace mediator for Syria said Monday it was unlikely that talks in Switzerland between the Syrian government and opposition would resume soon, amid few signs that one of the opposition's chief backers intends to change its approach to the conflict.Lakhdar Brahimi mediated two rounds of talks in Geneva this year but failed to bring the sides closer to agreeing on a transitional government as called for at an international conference in the Swiss city in 2012 . This month, Brahimi said if Syria went ahead with an election that would likely secure a new term for Assad, the opposition would probably not be interested in pursuing further peace talks with the regime.Hadi Bahra, who served as one of the chief negotiators for the opposition-in-exile National Coalition during the Geneva talks, Monday issued a more explicit demand – take the Syrian government's aircraft out of the military equation.
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