Russia and Arab League propose direct Syria talks

Thursday, 21 February 2013 - 7:58

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Russia and the Arab League say they want to broker direct talks between the Syrian government and opposition in a bid to end the country's civil war.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said violence was "a road to no-where".

The move comes as the opposition Syrian National Coalition is due to begin a two-day meeting in Egypt to discuss a framework for a possible solution.

The UN says Some 70,000 people have died since the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad began in March 2011.