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Talks ongoing to evacuate civilians from the central Syrian city of Homs

  • U.N. mediator for Syria Lakhdar Brahimi gestures during a press briefing at the United Nations headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, Monday, Jan. 27, 2014. Syrians on opposite sides of their country’s civil war tried again Monday 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)

    U.N. mediator for Syria Lakhdar Brahimi gestures during a press briefing at the United Nations headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, Monday, Jan. 27, 2014. Syrians on opposite sides of their country‚Äôs civil war tried again Monday 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)

  • Syrian Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Meqdad briefs the media, at the European headquarters of the United Nations, in Geneva, Switzerland, Monday, Jan. 27, 2014. 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. (AP Photo/Keystone, Martial Trezzini)

    Syrian Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Meqdad briefs the media, at the European headquarters of the United Nations, in Geneva, Switzerland, Monday, Jan. 27, 2014. 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. (AP Photo/Keystone, Martial Trezzini)  (The Associated Press)

The governor of the central Syrian province of Homs says a United Nations official is in contact with opposition fighters in besieged neighborhoods of its capital to allow the evacuations of civilians.

In a statement released Tuesday, Gov. Talal Barrazi said policewomen, paramedics and members of the Syrian Arab Red Crescent are ready to arrange the evacuation of civilians from the city of Homs and "we are waiting for the U.N.'s response."

Barrazi's statement came two days after a tentative agreement was reached in Geneva peace talks for the evacuation of women and children trapped in Homs before aid convoys go in. U.N.-Arab League mediator Lakhdar Brahimi said security problems are delaying the evacuation.

Central Homs has been under siege for nearly two years.