UN 'Deeply Disappointed' By Failed Syria Ceasefire
But attacks wear on
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Oct 29, 2012 4:07 AM CDT
United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon addresses the 67th session of the General Assembly, Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2012 at UN headquarters.   (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

(Newser) – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says he's "deeply disappointed" in the failed Syria ceasefire, which has seen bombings despite plans to halt attacks over a four-day holiday. "This crisis cannot be solved with more weapons and bloodshed," Ban said, according to Reuters. Special envoy Lakhdar Brahimi, who brokered the failed truce and is in talks in Moscow today, echoed his comments, saying today that he's "terribly sorry that this appeal has not been heard to the level we hoped it would ," but that " will not discourage us."

Meanwhile, fighting continues: Syrian planes bombed a rebel-held area east of Damascus, opposition activists tell Reuters. "Tanks are deployed around Harat al-Shwam but they haven't been able to go in. They tried a week ago and failed," says an activist. Farmland north of the capital also saw aerial attacks, an opposition network says, as did an eastern Syrian city. Today was supposed to be the final day of the ceasefire.

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Oct 29, 2012 11:43 AM CDT
Time after time it's proven that the UN is worthless. Time to shut it down or at least get the US out. Move the headquarters to Tehran.
Oct 29, 2012 11:11 AM CDT
And I'm sure Syria is "deeply disappointed" with the UN, and its acquisence to the murderous policy of the US and its sunni Moslem inciters of war in its country; and "deeply disappointed" with the whore media in the west, that plays along with the script from the US/Israel/Muslim Brotherhood. Deeply disappointed, but hardly surprised.
Oct 29, 2012 10:25 AM CDT
Woah! Hold off on those strongs words. It will surely make the Syrians think twice about their actions... UN ineffective at solving anything since.....well inception.