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Few signs of peace in Geneva or Syria

Friday, February 14, 2014 - 01:50

Feb. 14 - As Syria peace talks in Geneva wind down, the government and opposition sides are as far from agreement as ever. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.

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The U.N. says thousands flee a rebel-held town in Syria near the border with Lebanon amid fears of a major assault by ground troops. The video, which can not be independently verified by Reuters comes as peace talks in Geneva wind down with little movement to forge peace. In Geneva the opposition says the Syrian government is dug in. (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) OPPOSITION'S SYRIAN NATIONAL COALITION SPOKESMAN LOUAY SAFI SAYING: "We are saying that the way the regime is negotiating is not leading to a result, and this is not only a conviction from our side, this is a conviction born now that these negotiations are not going in any direction." The only tangible achievement of the talks has been a temporary ceasefire in Homs to allow in aid and to let people leave the city. In contrast U.N. aid cannot reach parts of northern Syria because Damascus will not let U.N. convoys enter the country from Turkey, since all the border crossings are held by rebels. It's a position defended by Syrian Deputy foreign Minister Faisal Mekdad. (SOUNDBITE) (English) SYRIAN DEPUTY FOREIGN MINISTER FAISAL MEKDAD SAYING: "I'm sorry to interrupt you. We shall never ever allow any violation of Syrian borders. This is a matter of principle for us. (JOURNALIST TRYING TO ASK QUESTION) No, listen to me. Secondly we have agreed with the U.N. and with all 15 or 16 international non-governmental organizations that we shall make available every access to any part of Syria wherever we keep the safety of the human personnel and the personnel of these organizations and wherever this assistance will not go to terrorists." Another round of talks is scheduled for Saturday as war burns in Syria.

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Few signs of peace in Geneva or Syria

Friday, February 14, 2014 - 01:50