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Syria opposition claims no progress on Syria aid convoy, prisoners' release


Monzer Akbik, center, a spokesman of the Syrian National Coalition, Syria's main political opposition group, is surrounded by journalists after a meeting with the Syrian government at the United Nations headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014. Syrians on opposite sides of their country‚Äôs 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/Anja Niedringhaus) (The Associated Press)

Syria's opposition says there has been no progress on aid convoys reaching a besieged city in central Syria and the release of prisoners from government jails.

Opposition spokesman Monzer Akbik says talks on a political transition in Syria are beginning Monday regardless. "We will start talking about a new Syria," he told reporters in Geneva as the government and opposition delegation sat down again with a U.N. mediator for talks.

A tentative agreement was reached Sunday to let women and children leave a blockaded part of the old city of Homs. But Akbik described it Monday as a "moral outrage" and said people trapped in the city should receive aid inside their city and then have the freedom to leave or stay.