Ahmad Jarba, Syrian National Coalition (SNC) leader, Syria's main political opposition group, gestures as he reads his statement during a short press briefing in Geneva, Switzerland, Friday, Jan. 31, 2014. U.N.-Arab League mediator Lakhdar Brahimi tried to put a positive spin Friday on the first face-to-face meetings in three years between Syria's warring sides, suggesting they reconvene Feb. 10 for a fresh attempt at bridging the chasm between them. (AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus)
Syria peace talks end first round, fail to agree on easing aid blockade
Negotiations » Even basic steps, such as opening humanitarian aid corridors and establishing local cease-fires, prove elusive.
By NICK CUMMING-BRUCE and MICHAEL R. GORDON
| The New York Times
First Published Jan 31 2014 03:36 pm • Last Updated Jan 31 2014 09:32 pm
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