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Syrian negotiators meet, wrap up weeklong talks

Updated Friday, Jan. 31, 2014 | 2:43 a.m.

GENEVA (AP) — Syrian negotiators are wrapping up a week of peace talks in Geneva — the first round of what is expected to be prolonged negotiations stretching several weeks or even months.

The government and opposition delegations met Friday with U.N.-Arab League mediator Lakhdar Brahimi.

Negotiations have been strained over issues such as the opposition's demand for a transfer of power in Syria and have so far failed to achieve any concrete results, including the passage of humanitarian aid convoys to besieged parts of the central city of Homs.

Brahimi was expected to brief journalists following the meeting Friday.

A day earlier, Brahimi said the week produced "tense moments and rather promising moments." He said he hoped that all parties could be better organized in the next session.