UN mediator Lakhdar Brahimi says the first phase of the Syria peace talks in Geneva will end on Friday, as scheduled, and that the gap between the government and the opposition remains "quite large."
Speaking to reporters on Wednesday, Brahimi said he does not expect any substantial achievements over the next two days. Still, he said, the "ice is breaking slowly." He said both sides will decide on Friday when the second phase of the talks will take place. (AP)