2nd Syria talks end in deadlock

No 3rd round set; mediator apologizes as sides cast blame

Posted: February 16, 2014 at 4:54 a.m.

UN-Arab League envoy for Syria Lakhdar Brahimi speaks during a news conference after closing the second round of negotiation between the Syrian government and the opposition at the European headquarters of the United Nations, in Geneva, Switzerland, Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014. Brahimi ended direct talks between the Syrian government and opposition Saturday without finding a way of breaking the impasse in peace talks. Saturday's talks, which lasted less than half an hour, left the future of the negotiating process in doubt. (AP Photo/Keystone, Salvatore Di Nolfi)

GENEVA — The United Nations mediator for Syria, Lakhdar Brahimi, wrapped up the second round of peace talks Saturday without breaking a long-standing deadlock or setting a date for a third round and urged the parties to think seriously about their commitment to the negotiations.

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