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No Syria talks for time being: UN-AL envoy

355875_Syria-UNUnited Nations-Arab League Special Representative for Syria Lakhdar Brahimi has dismissed the likelihood of a new round of peace talks on the Syria crisis at the present juncture.
“A return to Geneva is out of question for the time being because the criteria have not been met,” Brahimi said in Kuwait on Monday.
Two rounds of talks recently hosted by Brahimi and held in Switzerland have made little progress toward ending the crisis in Syria.
The second round of talks between delegations representing the Syrian government and the so-called Syrian National Coalition in the Swiss city of Geneva hit a deadlock in mid-February with both sides sticking to their positions.
The Syrian delegation said fighting terrorism should be the top priority, but the opposition said the resignation of President Assad and the formation of a transitional government must come first.
More than 130,000 people are said to have been killed over the past three years of turmoil in Syria. Millions have also been displaced due to the crisis.

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