Syrians on opposite sides of their country's crisis tried again Sunday to find common ground, with peace talks focusing on the release of prisoners and an aid convoy to the city of Homs .
Once again the government delegation complained that the talks are avoiding the main issues and questioned their usefulness.
Lakhdar Brahimi, the U.N mediator acting as a buffer between the two sides, said the thorniest topic - a possible transitional government - will not come up until at least Monday.
He said late Saturday that the two sides would first try to come together over humanitarian aid and a possible prisoner exchange, describing a process of "half-steps".
Bouthaina Shaaban, an adviser to President al-Assad said "I think this belittles the importance of this conference and the goal that was drawn for it".
The Syrian government says the opposition is rife with terrorists and that al-Assad is the only person able to end the fighting that has killed more than 130,000 people.
Monzer Akbik, a spokesman for the opposition coalition opposition group, said the Syrian government delegation has asked to refer back to Damascus before giving its final answer on a Homs truce later Sunday.
He said the opposition also has submitted to the government delegation lists of tens of thousands of detainees, including thousands of women and children.
There were no reports about the aid convoy that Brahimi said Saturday was ready to go. "It is very unfortunate that the fighting continues, that the shelling continues," he said.