GENEVA - Syrian government and opposition delegations resumed face-to-face talks on Sunday expecting to tackle humanitarian issues including opposition calls for Damascus to release women and child prisoners.

A UN spokeswoman said the two sides met for a second day at the United Nations headquarters in Geneva in the presence of international mediator Lakhdar Brahimi, who is trying to broker a peace deal to end almost three years of conflict.

Brahimi has said the two days of weekend talks will focus on what he has called confidence building measures, aimed at establishing a positive atmosphere before more difficult political talks on Monday.

The opposition said it will call on Sunday for the release of detainees. It has given no details but a Western diplomat said he expected the request to focus on women and children.

Government delegates arriving for the talks on Sunday said they were ready to discuss all issues presented by Brahimi but that it was a mistake to focus on individual or local issues.


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