Syria peace talks off to a silent start

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GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Baby steps – they’re happening!  Only, they’re happening in Geneva, Switzerland.

Syria’s government and the people hoping to overthrow the country’s president, Bashar al-Assad, had their first face-to-face meeting.

“For the first time after three years of bloodshed, two sides were sitting in the same room,” said Ban Ki-Moon, UN Secretary General.

Well, the meeting only lasted about half an hour, and they didn’t talk to each other. But, hey, remember? We’re talking baby steps here!

They actually had a UN mediator lay out groundwork for talks aimed at leading Syria out of its nearly three-year-old civil war. The conflict has claimed the lives of 100-thousand people. And, many more just want the violence to end.

“We want peace.  We want to build our country.  We want to live together,” said Bouthaina Shaaban, Senior Advisor to President Assad.

Syrian peace talks are supposed to pick back up again Sunday. But, only time will if it’s time well spent or just time wasted.