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'Stopping terrorism is our priority' says Syria's presidential adviser

24 January 2014 Last updated at 10:56 GMT

Syria's warring parties are beginning formal peace talks in Geneva for the first time since the conflict began three years ago, but they will not be face-to-face.

The government and rebel delegations will sit in separate rooms, and conduct negotiations through the UN mediator.

Diplomats have said a main concern will be ensuring neither side walks out.

Syrian presidential adviser Dr Bouthaina Shaaban told the BBC's Lina Sinjab that the Syrian government's priority is to ''stop terrorism''.