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Syria peace talks hit more trouble as rebel city "starves"

Monday, January 27, 2014 - 01:52

Jan. 27 - The United States demands Syria allow aid into the ''starving'' city of Homs, while ongoing peace talks in Geneva reach a stand-still on the issue of Syria's political future. Jillian Kitchener reports.

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As Syrian peace talks struggle in Geneva, the U.S. demands Syria allow aid into the "starving" city of Homs. On Sunday, the Syrian government said women and children could leave the besieged city. But a U.S. State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said an evacuation was not the only answer. (SOUNDBITE) (English) U.S. STATE DEPARTMENT SPOKESWOMAN JEN PSAKI SAYING: "We firmly believe that the Syrian regime must approve the convoys to deliver badly-needed humanitarian assistance into the old city of Homs now. The situation is desperate and the people are starving." Meanwhile, war rages in Damascus, as new amateur video purports to show heavy clashes as civilians flee to safety. After Monday's talks, both sides remain at a stalemate on the issue of Syria's political future. A Syrian opposition delegate spoke of "confrontational language" between the two sides. (SOUNDBITE) (English) SYRIAN OPPOSITION DELEGATE MURHAF JOUEJATI SAYING: "Our opposition delegation stated that we are here to discuss the implementation of the Geneva communique, at which point the regime side I think felt very much under pressure and started again using very confrontational language." International mediator Lakhdar Brahimi admitted that humanitarian discussions haven't produced much. But he was still content to have brought the two sides together: (SOUNDBITE) (English) UNITED NATIONS INTERNATIONAL MEDIATOR, LAKHDAR BRAHIMI, SAYING: "You know I'm glad that there is apparently the will to continue these discussions... There are no miracles here but we will continue and see if progress can be made and when." While talks continue at a slow pace, the beseiged city of Homs stands reduced to rubble and people inside are cut off from supplies.

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Syria peace talks hit more trouble as rebel city "starves"

Monday, January 27, 2014 - 01:52