UN sponsored Syria peace talks

Second day of face-to-face peace talks in Geneva
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UN-Arab League envoy for Syria Lakhdar Brahimi reacts during a press conference at the United Nations Offices in Geneva on January 26, 2014. Syria's regime and opposition discussed prisoner releases on the second day of face-to-face peace talks in Geneva. With no one appearing ready for serious concessions, mediators are focusing on short-term deals to keep the process moving forward, including on localised ceasefires, freer humanitarian access and prisoner exchanges. (AFP/Getty Images)
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Syrian Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Meqdad gestures as he speaks during a press conference at the United Nations Offices in Geneva on January 26, 2014. Syria's regime and opposition discussed prisoner releases on the second day of face-to-face peace talks in Geneva. With no one appearing ready for serious concessions, mediators are focusing on short-term deals to keep the process moving forward, including on localised ceasefires, freer humanitarian access and prisoner exchanges. (AFP/Getty Images)
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A security officer stands guard as UN-Arab League envoy for Syria Lakhdar Brahimi (L) speaks with UN staff after a press conference at the United Nations Offices in Geneva on January 26, 2014. Syria's regime and opposition discussed on prisoner releases on the second day of face-to-face peace talks in Geneva. With no one appearing ready for serious concessions, mediators are focusing on short-term deals to keep the process moving forward, including on localised ceasefires, freer humanitarian access and prisoner exchanges. (AFP/Getty Images)
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UN-Arab League envoy for Syria Lakhdar Brahimi looks on after a press conference at the United Nations Offices in Geneva on January 26, 2014. Syria's regime and opposition discussed prisoner releases on the second day of face-to-face peace talks in Geneva. With no one appearing ready for serious concessions, mediators are focusing on short-term deals to keep the process moving forward, including on localised ceasefires, freer humanitarian access and prisoner exchanges. (AFP/Getty Images)
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Syria's permanent representative at the United Nations Bashar al-Jaafari leaves the United Nations Offices on the second day of face-to-face peace talks in Geneva on January 26, 2014. Syria's regime and opposition are expected to discuss prisoner releases on the second day of face-to-face peace talks in Geneva. With no one appearing ready for serious concessions, mediators are focusing on short-term deals to keep the process moving forward, including on localised ceasefires, freer humanitarian access and prisoner exchanges. (AFP/Getty Images)
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Syrian opposition chief negotiator Hadi al-Bahra (C) smokes a cigarette as he walks with a delegation outside the United Nations Offices on the second day of face-to-face peace talks in Geneva on January 26, 2014. Syria's regime and opposition are expected to discuss prisoner releases on the second day of face-to-face peace talks in Geneva. With no one appearing ready for serious concessions, mediators are focusing on short-term deals to keep the process moving forward, including on localised ceasefires, freer humanitarian access and prisoner exchanges. (AFP/Getty Images)
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A delegation of the Syrian opposition walks outside of the United Nations Offices in Geneva on January 26, 2014. Syria's regime and opposition are expected to discuss prisoner releases on the second day of face-to-face peace talks in Geneva. With no one appearing ready for serious concessions, mediators are focusing on short-term deals to keep the process moving forward, including on localised ceasefires, freer humanitarian access and prisoner exchanges. (AFP/Getty Images)
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Syrian opposition delegation spokesman Monzer Akbik delivers a statement at the United Nations Offices in Geneva on January 26, 2014. Syria's regime and opposition are expected to discuss prisoner releases on the second day of face-to-face peace talks in Geneva. With no one appearing ready for serious concessions, mediators are focusing on short-term deals to keep the process moving forward, including on localised ceasefires, freer humanitarian access and prisoner exchanges. (AFP/Getty Images)
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Syrian Information Minister Omran al-Zohbi speaks to the press at the United Nations Offices in Geneva on January 26, 2014. Syria's regime and opposition are expected to discuss prisoner releases on the second day of face-to-face peace talks in Geneva. With no one appearing ready for serious concessions, mediators are focusing on short-term deals to keep the process moving forward, including on localised ceasefires, freer humanitarian access and prisoner exchanges. (AFP/Getty Images)
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Syrian senior presidential advisor Buthaina Shaaban speaks to a Syrian TV reporter at the United Nations Offices in Geneva on January 26, 2014. Syria's regime and opposition are expected to discuss prisoner releases on the second day of face-to-face peace talks in Geneva. With no one appearing ready for serious concessions, mediators are focusing on short-term deals to keep the process moving forward, including on localised ceasefires, freer humanitarian access and prisoner exchanges. (AFP/Getty Images)
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Louay Safi, spokesperson for the Syrian National Coalition, gestures as he speaks during a press conference in Geneva on January 25, 2014. Syria's government and opposition finally met face-to-face on January 25 as difficult UN-sponsored peace talks inched forward in Geneva. After a false start on January 24, the two sides came together in the same room with mediator Lakhdar Brahimi at the UN's headquarters in Europe. (AFP/Getty Images)