The Geneva II conference ended Friday with no concrete results, but the UN said that the sides to the conflict in Syria agreed to meet again on February 10.
UN-Arab League Special Representative for Syria Lakhdar Brahimi said huge differences remain between the parties following a week of discussions on the ongoing crisis.
"The gaps between the sides remain wide; there is no use pretending otherwise." "Nevertheless, during our discussions, I observed a little bit of common ground - perhaps more than the two sides realize or recognize," he said.
The depth of the crisis does not allow Syrians "to get out of the ditch overnight," Brahimi stated.
The so-called Syrian National Council (SNC) and its Western supporters insist that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad must step down and a transitional government be formed in Syria.
However, Damascus rejects the demand, arguing that the SNC does not represent the Syrian opposition.