Talks resume to evacuate Homs civilians

2014-01-28 14:58
Syrian refugee girls, Fatima Teeme, right, and Sara Teeme, from Homs, read a book inside their tent. (File, AP)

Syrian refugee girls, Fatima Teeme, right, and Sara Teeme, from Homs, read a book inside their tent. (File, AP)

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Damascus - 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 on Tuesday, Governor 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 UN'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.

UN-Arab League mediator Lakhdar Brahimi said security problems are delaying the evacuation.

Central Homs has been under siege for nearly two years.

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