Annan Plans to Deploy UN Monitors to Syria

Opposition Again Spurns Calls for Negotiations

Former UN Secretary General was at the United Nations Security Council today, pushing his plan for a negotiated settlement in Syria as well as deploying a team of international monitors to the nation.

The Syrian government expressed some support for the negotiations, though it again insisted that its military operations against the rebel factions would continue in the meantime. A deal on talks has yet to be finalized.

The rebels, on the other hand, are entirely opposed to the notion of peace talks, with rebels saying “Nothing Kofi Annan says is enough” and that they will never enter into talks with the Assad regime.

Though this rejection of talks on general principle has been common among the rebel factions for months, the reality of the increasingly struggling rebel movement is likely to force them to the negotiating table sooner rather than later.

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