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Talks resume to evacuate civilians in Syrian city

Updated Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014 | 1:50 a.m.

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — The governor of the central Syrian province of Homs says a United Nations official is in contact with opposition fighters in besieged neighborhoods of its capital to allow the evacuations of civilians.

In a statement released Tuesday, Gov. Talal Barrazi said policewomen, paramedics and members of the Syrian Arab Red Crescent are ready to arrange the evacuation of civilians from the city of Homs and "we are waiting for the U.N.'s response."

Barrazi's statement came two days after a tentative agreement was reached in Geneva peace talks for the evacuation of women and children trapped in Homs before aid convoys go in. U.N.-Arab League mediator Lakhdar Brahimi said security problems are delaying the evacuation.

Central Homs has been under siege for nearly two years.