Syria talks end in Geneva with no sign of a deal

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Posted on January 11, 2013 at 12:03 PM

Updated Friday, Jan 11 at 12:04 PM

GENEVA (AP) — The U.N. envoy for Syria says he doesn't expect a political solution to emerge anytime soon for the country's civil war.

Lakhdar Brahimi (LAHK'-dar bra-HEE'-mee) spoke in Geneva, where he spent the day at the U.N.'s European headquarters, meeting with U.S. Deputy Secretary of State William Burns and his Russian counterpart.

The five hours of talks ended without any apparent deal. It was Brahimi's second meeting in two months with the U.S. and Russian officials, who each left without making any public comments.

Russia has joined China in blocking several Security Council resolutions aimed at putting pressure on Syria's Bashar Assad. But recently, top Russian officials have signaled that they are resigned to seeing Assad eventually lose power.

Brahimi says he and the U.S. and Russian diplomats "all stressed the need for a speedy end to the bloodshed."

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GRAPHICSBANK: UN Joint Special Representative for Syria, Lakhdar Brahimi, arrives for a meeting at the European headquarters of the United Nations, in Geneva, Switzerland, graphic element on gray (11 Jan 2013)

APPHOTO GE119: The UN Joint Special Representative for Syria, Lakhdar Brahimi, briefs the media after a meeting with Russian deputy foreign minister Mikhail Bogdanov and US Deputy Secretary of State William Burns, unseen, to find a political solution for the crisis in Syria, at the European headquarters of the United Nations, in Geneva, Switzerland, Friday, Jan. 11, 2013. (AP Photo/Keystone, Salvatore Di Nolfi) (11 Jan 2013)

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