Warring sides of Syria's gruesome war are meeting in Geneva in hopes of ending the bloodshed, such as a Sunday triple bombing near a suburb in Damascus that killed dozens. ISIS claimed responsibility.
But the Syrian government and opposition groups are not meeting directly.
Instead, a U.N. special envoy is trying to find common ground between the parties before more people are killed.
Special envoy Staffan de Mistura said he met Monday with the main Syrian opposition group, called the High Negotiations Committee. They demanded not just a political solution, he said, but also "facts on the ground, in reduction of the violence, in the fact of the detainees, in the fact of the besieged areas."
De Mistura said a cease-fire in Syria is a top goal, but his immediate objectives are to keep the talks going and obtain a list of Syrians detained by the government.
Previous talks have failed. If the Syrian government came through with a list of names, that would be a signal that "there is something different happening," he said.
He'll meet Tuesday with the Syrian government.
The opposition group said it's eager to make progress. Read more on edition.cnn.