UN 'Deeply Disappointed' By Failed Syria Ceasefire

But attacks wear on

By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff

Posted Oct 29, 2012 4:07 AM CDT

(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.

United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon addresses the 67th session of the General Assembly, Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2012 at UN headquarters.
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)
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