U.N. tells Syrian government to go faster in Geneva talks

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Posted: Mar 18, 2016 1:02 PM

GENEVA (Reuters) - Syria's government must do more to present its ideas about a political transition and not merely talk about principles of the peace process, U.N. mediator Staffan de Mistura said on Friday after a fifth day of peace talks.

"We are in a hurry," de Mistura told reporters after an "intense" day and meetings with Syria's government delegation and the main opposition, the High Negotiations Committee.

De Mistura said he had given both sides homework to do so that the negotiations could go faster on Monday, and during the second week of talks he would try to build a "minimum common platform" for a better understanding on the political transition.

(Reporting by Tom Miles, Stephanie Nebehay and Suleiman al-Khalidi)