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Syria’s warring sides began a new round of peace talks Monday, days after a first session managed little beyond a pledge to evacuate civilians from the besieged city of Homs, CNN reports.
The Geneva II peace conference, which had its first session some 10 days ago, brought the Syrian government and opposition together for face-to-face negotiations for the first time since the nearly three-year-old conflict began. The round of talks ended with no firm agreements and bitter exchanges from both sides. However, UN envoy Lakhdar Brahimi said then that some “common ground” had been reached.
Monday morning, he met with the Syrian opposition in Geneva, Switzerland. Later in the day, he was to talk with the government representatives. As the talks resume, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said France and other countries would present a resolution at the United Nations calling for greater access for humanitarian aid.
“We are asking for stronger action as far as the humanitarian side is concerned, that medicines and food supplies are handed out in cities,” he told French radio RTL. “It is absolutely scandalous that there have been discussions for quite a while and that people are still being starved every day, and so along with a number of other countries, we will present a resolution at the U.N. along those lines.”

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