Syrian conflict cannot end unless genuine talks begin, says Mood

According to ABC News, the head of a UN observer team in Syria said on Friday that the conflict could not come to a permanent end unless there is a genuine conversation between both sides in the conflict, which has engulfed the country for over a year.

Maj. Gen. Robert Mood, the head of a 200-head observer team, spoke at a news conference in Damascus, Syria, warning that “a permanent end to the violence if the commitment to give dialogue a chance is not genuine from all internal and external actors,” according to the article.

As Gen. Mood spoke at the news conference, “government forces pounded a rebel-held town north of the central city of Homs with artillery shells and rockets, according to Syrian opposition groups.”

Since the violence’s inception in March 2011, over 9,000 have died and the violence only seems to be escalating, not ceasing like U.N. special envoy Kofi Annan’s plan that was brokered in April.

Annan’s plan called for a cease-fire between the government and rebel forces. However, both sides have not honored the cease-fire, raising concerns that the violence has spun out of control.

But dialogue seems a distant hope as the opposition refuses to talk to the government, who deems the opposition as terrorists, as the killings ensue.

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About Haley Behre

I graduated from Syracuse University in December 2011 with majors in newspaper journalism and women and gender studies. Using these majors, I aspire to become a journalist who writes about human rights issues. I have held internships at the Syracuse New Times, Dash Media PR Firm, Syracuse Post-Standard and the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press. I also had an internship at the Not For Sale Campaign Syracuse chapter, which is a non-profit organization dedicated to eradicating human trafficking. I was born in Seoul, Korea on September 30, 1990 and moved to the United States before I was one year old. When I was 8, my family and I moved to Norwich, England for three years. While I was here I was immersed into a new culture and got to experience many things other children my age do not get to. Over the three years, I visited Ireland, France and the Netherlands several times, and Belgium, Wales and Sweden once. In the winter of 2010, I got an amazing opportunity to visit Kenya for a month. This was by far the single most eye-opening experience of my life thus far. The natural beauty of the landscape and its people do not compare to anything I have seen. I currently intern for the Reporters Committee for the Freedom of the Press in the hopes of getting a full-time job at a newspaper or non-profit after.
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