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Mediator proposes Feb. 10 for 2nd round of Syrian peace talks; govt not ready to accept

In this citizen journalism image made from Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014 video provided by Nur Media Center, an anti-government activist group, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, one of the men holds 14-month-old Ghina Khalil after they dig her out of rubble in Aleppo, Syria. The chubby toddler was pulled out after men pulled aside rocks, concrete rubble and dust to free her, caught under a smashed building, bombed by the government forces in the area of Masaraniyeh in Aleppo. (AP Photo/Nur Media Center)
January 31, 2014 - 5:29 AM

GENEVA - U.N.-Arab League mediator Lakhdar Brahimi has suggested Feb. 10 as the return date for continuing the peace talks between Syria's warring sides.

Brahimi told reporters Friday that the opposition has accepted the date but the government wants to discuss the matter in Damascus before agreeing to it.

At the end of the first face-to-face meetings between Syria's two sides, Brahimi said he sees some positive steps and common ground but the gaps between the sides "remain wide."

He called the week of meetings "a modest beginning, but it is a modest beginning on which we can build."

News from © The Associated Press, 2014
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