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Syria peace sought in Geneva as negotiations resume Thursday with 2 sides 'still talking'

  • In this Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014 picture, the floor of the building where the Syrian peace talks take part is illuminated at the United Nations headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, with a reflection of the garden in a window. Outside of the building, the delegates try not to cross paths, often milling about several yards (meters) away from the podium where they speak to journalists or strolling around the garden to avoid any contact. (AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus)

    In this Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014 picture, the floor of the building where the Syrian peace talks take part is illuminated at the United Nations headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, with a reflection of the garden in a window. Outside of the building, the delegates try not to cross paths, often milling about several yards (meters) away from the podium where they speak to journalists or strolling around the garden to avoid any contact. (AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus)  (The Associated Press)

  • In this Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014 picture, live television positions in the U.N. garden, with a peaceful vista of Europe's highest mountain Mont Blanc in the background, are seen from a window inside the United Nations headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. With dozens of international journalists and television cameras at hand, both sides of the Syrian conflict are eager to get their message out.( AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus)

    In this Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014 picture, live television positions in the U.N. garden, with a peaceful vista of Europe's highest mountain Mont Blanc in the background, are seen from a window inside the United Nations headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. With dozens of international journalists and television cameras at hand, both sides of the Syrian conflict are eager to get their message out.( AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus)  (The Associated Press)

  • In this Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014 picture, UN security personal guard the entrance to the briefing room prior to a press conference by U.N. Special Representative Lakhdar Brahimi, at the United Nations headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. Security is on high alert in the hallways of the U.N.'s European headquarters and on the manicured lawns outside, as tempers flare between supporters and opponents of President Bashar Assad. (AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus)

    In this Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014 picture, UN security personal guard the entrance to the briefing room prior to a press conference by U.N. Special Representative Lakhdar Brahimi, at the United Nations headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. Security is on high alert in the hallways of the U.N.'s European headquarters and on the manicured lawns outside, as tempers flare between supporters and opponents of President Bashar Assad. (AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus)  (The Associated Press)

Syrian negotiators have resumed their peace talks involving U.N.-Arab League mediator Lakhdar Brahimi, a day after President Bashar Assad's adviser rejected the opposition's call for a transitional governing body.

U.N. officials said the talks resumed Thursday in the closed room in Geneva where the rival delegations are seeking a way to end the three-year conflict in which more than 130,000 people have died.

Assad's adviser Bouthaina Shaaban said in an interview with The Associated Press on Wednesday that the presidential election scheduled for later this year may not take place amid the raging violence.

Brahimi has announced that the first phase of the talks will end on Friday, as scheduled, and he is satisfied that the two sides are at the least "still talking."