Are Syrians ready to talk? After bitter opening to peace talks, UN takes a day to find out

January 23, 2014 11:31 AM

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MONTREUX, Switzerland -- The United Nations is taking a day to see if there is enough common ground between Syrian President Bashar Assad's government and the opposition to talk directly for the first time since the rebellion began in 2011.

Peace talks charting a path out of Syria's civil war got off to a tense start Wednesday, with Assad's future at the heart of bitter exchanges on the podium as dozens of the world's most powerful diplomats looked on. High-level mediating has yielded little so far, but Lakhdar Brahimi, the UN mediator...

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