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After narrow deal in Geneva, Syrian governor, UN official meet in Homs to discuss evacuations


Syrian chief negotiator Bashar Ja'afari, left, Ambassador of the Permanent Representative Mission of the Syria to UN New York, leaves the meeting, at the European headquarters of the United Nations, in Geneva, Switzerland, Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014. Syrians on opposite sides of their country’s civil war tried again Sunday to find common ground, with peace talks focusing on an aid convoy to a besieged city that once more came under mortar attack from the government. (AP Photo/Keystone,Salvatore Di Nolfi) (The Associated Press)

State TV says a Syrian official and a U.N. representative are meeting in the embattled city of Homs to discuss how to evacuate women and children from rebel-held areas there, as was agreed on in the peace talks in Geneva.

Monday's meeting comes a day after face-to-face negotiations in the Swiss city between Syrian government representatives and the opposition yielded the limited deal on the evacuations.

British-based activist Rami Abdurrahman of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says the meeting in Homs is trying to find a safe area to where women and children could be taken.

It's unclear when the evacuation would start.

Syria's Al-Ikhbariya TV quotes Homs governor, Talal Barrazi, as saying the arrangement "has nothing to do with what is being done in the Geneva talks."