Brahimi said the last session of the second round of talks in
Geneva was "as laborious as all the meetings we have had, but we
agreed on an agenda for the next round when it does take place".
He said the points to be discussed included violence and terrorism,
the transitional governing body, national institutions and national
However the mediator said the Syrian government wanted to first deal
with the issue of combating terrorism and had refused to deal with
any other points until that was resolved.
"I apologize that these two rounds have not come out with very
much," he said.
The three-year-old Syrian conflict has killed more than 130,000
people and is destabilizing the country's neighbors. The mainly
Sunni Muslim rebels have drawn support from radical Sunni groups
such as al Qaeda and other foreign militants.
Shi'ite countries and militias have thrown their weight behind
President Bashar al-Assad, who is from Syria's minority Alawite
sect, an offshoot of Shi'ite Islam.
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Brahimi said both sides at the peace talks needed to reflect on
their responsibilities. He said he hoped this would "lead the
government side in particular to reassure us that when they speak of
implementing the Geneva Communiqué they do mean a transitional
governing body, exercising full executive power, will be the main
(Reporting by Oliver Holmes)
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