UN Envoy Worried After Talks With Assad
Brahimi doesn't appear to be making progress
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Dec 24, 2012 8:21 AM CST
Syrians remove the bodies of those killed after a government airstrike hit the Hama Suburb of Halfaya, Syria.   (Uncredited)

(Newser) – The international envoy tasked with pushing to end Syria's civil war emerged from talks with Bashar al-Assad today saying that the situation was "worrying," and giving no indication of progress toward a negotiated solution to the conflict. "We hope that all the parties will go toward the solution that the Syrian people are hoping for," Lakhdar Brahimi told reporters. Syria's state news agency quoted Assad as saying his government supports "any effort in the interest of the Syrian people which preserves the homeland's sovereignty and independence."

The two met after a government airstrike on a bakery in the rebel-held town of Halfaya in central Syria killed more than 60 people yesterday, according to activists. Syria's state news service blamed the attack on the rebels. Brahimi has apparently made little progress since starting his job in September, mostly because both sides adamantly refuse to talk to each other. This was his third visit to the country, and the security situation has declined since the last two. Instead of flying in to the Damascus International Airport as he did on earlier visits, Brahimi drove to Damascus over land from Beirut because of the fighting near the Syrian capital's airport.

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Dec 25, 2012 3:55 PM CST
This is how God is punishing the Syrian people for the way they tried to exterminate the Jews for the past few thousand years. God punished the Egyptian people, not just the pharaoh 5 thousand years ago. Soon God will start punishing the Egyptians for supporting the Muslim Brotherhood just like he is punishing the Syrian people. The Muslim Brotherhood will soon start killing Western thinking Egyptians and women and the world will just sit back and say that is terrible. Let's start a pool. Who thinks Assad will kill more Syrians in 2013 than in 2012. Who thinks Morsi will kill more Egyptians in total than Assad is doing in Syria.
Dec 25, 2012 3:40 PM CST
Why can't the CIA kill Bashar al-Assad. A few rockets into his palace should do the trick. Collateral damage does not matter. His wife is just as responsible for the killing as he is.
Dec 25, 2012 2:07 PM CST
assend is a real nut! he has more money stashed than he can ever use. he has a lot of people who want to kill him on sight. he is to dumb to get out of town. they dont need him any more! he is just a real big nutter!