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Syrian Govt, Opposition Meet Face to Face in Geneva

World | January 25, 2014, Saturday // 13:45| Views: 925 | Comments: 0
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The two sides in the Syrian conflict have met briefly face to face as part of the peace talks in Geneva.

The initial gathering lasted half an hour, but is hailed a significant step.

Earlier, the government team told the BBC "ending terrorism and violence" was the top priority but said opposition members harboured "personal hatreds"

BBC says diplomatic efforts are concentrating on trying to build confidence between the two sides with small achievements like localised ceasefires, release of detainees and the opening of humanitarian corridors.

The two sides were distant going into the meeting, with the Damascus delegation denying it had accepted the premise of a transitional leadership, and the opposition saying it would accept nothing less.

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