UN-Arab League envoy for Syria Lakhdar Brahimi gestures during a press conference on the Syrian peace talks at the United Nations headquarters on January 31, 2014 in Geneva
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UN envoy on Syria talks: Both sides have 'common ground'

31 January 2014 Last updated at 14:24 GMT

UN Syria envoy Lakhdar Brahimi has said that the Syria peace talks in Geneva progressed slowly, but formed a basis on which the two sides could build.

Mr Brahimi told reporters: "I observed a little bit of common ground, perhaps more than the two sides themselves realise or recognise."

The opposition has agreed to take part in another round of talks scheduled for 10 February, but the government said it needs to consult with Damascus first.