>> Peace talks to end Syria's six year civil war closing on Wednesday with no signs of progress as rebel leaders boycott negotiations. Sponsors Russia, Turkey, and Iran wrapping up a two day summit in Kazakhstan's capital, Astana. The rebels had previously said they would skip the talks and accused Moscow of failing to uphold a ceasefire brokered last December.
They later announced a technical delegation was on its way but it wasn't due to arrive until hours after the official meetings ended. Some of the Russian, Turkish and Iranian delegates would remain for meetings with the rebels. The only concrete outcome from the third round of talks, an agreement to meet again in early May.
It came as a senior UNICEF official stated Syria's unaccompanied children are the biggest victims of the war.>> Many of these children are also undocumented. They don't have their paper. They don't carry their paper with them, meaning a problem not only for tracing but also a problem for registration in the shelters, the problem of registration and registering them in the schools.
>> UNICEF said that documented the deaths 652 Syrian children last year. But that's believed to represent only a small proportion of the real number.