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Syrian official questions point of peace talks

GENEVA — Syria’s government said stopping terrorism — not talking peace — was its priority, while the Western-backed opposition said ‘‘the road to negotiations’’ had begun, offering a glimmer of hope Thursday for a way to halt the violence that has killed more than 130,000 people.

The two sides did not meet face-to-face, buffered by a famously patient UN mediator who shuttled between representatives of President Bashar Assad and members of the opposition trying to overthrow him. And they did not seem ready to do so Friday as originally scheduled.

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