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Syria's Foreign Minister and head of the Syrian government delegation Walid Muallem (C) arrives at the UN headquarter to meet UN-Arab League envoy for Syria on January 24, 2014, on the "Geneva II" peace talks in Geneva. Syria's warring sides will not sit in the same room for the start of talks in Geneva Friday despite efforts by UN mediator Lakhdar Brahimi to bring them together, officials said. Brahimi spent Thursday in separate closed-door meetings with delegations from President Bashar al-Assad's regime and the opposition, trying to convince them to come together for their first talks since the start of Syria's civil war. AFP PHOTO / PHILIPPE DESMAZESPHILIPPE DESMAZES/AFP/Getty Images
Syria's Foreign Minister and head of the Syrian government delegation Walid Muallem (C) arrives at the UN headquarter to meet UN-Arab League envoy for Syria on January 24, 2014, on the "Geneva II" peace talks in Geneva. Syria's warring sides will not sit in the same room for the start of talks in Geneva Friday despite efforts by UN mediator Lakhdar Brahimi to bring them together, officials said. Brahimi spent Thursday in separate closed-door meetings with delegations from President Bashar al-Assad's regime and the opposition, trying to convince them to come together for their first talks since the start of Syria's civil war. AFP PHOTO / PHILIPPE DESMAZESPHILIPPE DESMAZES/AFP/Getty Images

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