U.N envoy for Syria Lakhdar Brahimi leaves a press briefing on peace talks at the United Nations on January 28, 2014 in Geneva.
U.N envoy for Syria Lakhdar Brahimi leaves a press briefing on peace talks at the United Nations on January 28, 2014 in Geneva.
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Neither of the warring sides in the Syria peace talks under way in Geneva was prepared to give up today despite two days of deadlock, the U.N mediator in the negotiations said.

Lakhdar Brahimi vowed to push ahead with the talks, and said he remained hopeful that an agreement to help people in besieged areas of Homs would translate into action on the ground.

"Nobody is walking out, nobody is running away", Brahimi told reporters after cutting short a fourth day of talks aimed at ending the bloody conflict that has claimed 130,000 lives.

The U.N envoy stressed that neither party bore the blame for his decision to cancel Tuesday's afternoon session after morning talks remained stuck.

Brahimi said "we have not achieved any breakthrough, but we are still at it, and this is good enough as far as I'm concerned", adding that he was hoping for "a better session tomorrow (Wedenesday) morning".

His comments followed a flurry of statements from both sides blaming the other for obstructing the morning's talks, which were marked by the government delegation's harsh condemnation of a report that the U.S Congress had secretly approved funding for weapons deliveries to opposition militant factions.

He said "I believe that they are serious and they want this track to be successful.... There is no doubt concerning that".

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