Syrian delegates at the Geneva peace talks have agreed that women and children will be allowed to leave the city of Homs, which has been besieged by government troops for over 18 months now. It is estimated that around 500 families remain in the ruins.
During a day of talks aimed at building confidence and establishing a positive atmosphere ahead of tougher political negotiations next week, humanitarian assistance was discussed.
At a press conference UN mediator Lakdar Brahimi said that it is too early to say whether the talks would lead to a peace settlement. But he said that the Syrian opposition has agreed to give the government lists of detainees held by armed groups.
Earlier in the day, opposition delegates said they were trying to negotiate the release of up to 47,000 opposition detainees.
The UN says the Syrian crisis has resulted in more than 130,000 deaths, and two million refugees and that around half the country’s population is in urgent need of humanitarian aid.