Meeting To Discuss Transitional Government in Syria Lasts Less Than an Hour

Delegate calls the meeting "a dialogue of the deaf"


GENEVA (AP) -- The first meeting meant to discuss the contentious issue of a Syrian transitional government broke up less than an hour after it began Monday following a tense session that one delegate described as "a dialogue of the deaf."

The Syrian government has said it will not discuss replacing President Bashar Assad as the leader of a country his family has ruled since 1970.