UN-Arab League Special Envoy to Syria Lakhdar Brahimi attends a press conference in Geneva, Switzerland, Jan. 30, 2014. Lakhdar Brahimi said on Thursday evening that the sixth day of joint meetings between the delegations of the Syria government and the opposition commenced with the discussion on the security situation on the ground. (Xinhua/Wang Siwei)
GENEVA, Jan. 30 (Xinhua) -- UN-Arab League Special Envoy to Syria Lakhdar Brahimi said on Thursday evening that the sixth day of joint meetings between the delegations of the Syria government and the opposition commenced with the discussion on the security situation on the ground.
Brahimi told a press conference late in the afternoon that the two sides had a "very long meeting" this morning with the mediation of himself. According to sources from the UN Information Service of Geneva, there were no meetings held this afternoon.
"We had another very long meeting this morning where we discussed very sensitive and important subject, that is the security situation in Syria and terrorism," said Brahimi.
The special envoy noted that there was an agreement that terrorism does exist and "it is a very serious problem inside Syria," but no consensus has been achieved in regard of how to deal with it.
"I think it is evident to everyone that to tackle seriously the issue of security is indispensable if you want to reach a solution to the crisis and the return of peace and security in Syria," Brahimi urged.
The international mediator pointed out that the meeting was mixed with "tense moments" and "rather promising moments."
He also mentioned that during the session this morning, all parties observed a minute of silence for all the dead in Syria "irrelevant of to which camp they belong."
This round of Syria talks would conclude on Friday morning, as originally planned, according to Brahimi, who hoped that in the meeting to be held Friday, all parties would "draw some lessons" and try to better prepare for the next round of talks which was said to resume "most probably after about one week."
Representatives of the two parties have held discussions within the framework of Geneva Communique which was adopted after Geneva I, the first international conference on Syria held here in 2012.
But the two sides were at odds in regard to the order of discussion of issues. The government side insisted that stopping terrorism was their top priority, while the opposition tried to focus on establishment of a transitional governing body.
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