The U.N. point man on Syria said Friday that he's working hard to stop the yearlong violence there and "get unimpeded access" for humanitarian relief.
"I'm doing my best with the support of everyone to try to find a peaceful solution," Kofi Annan, special joint U.N-Arab League envoy, told reporters Friday from Geneva after a private teleconference with the U.N. Security Council. "The Syrian people want to get on with their lives. They are tired and they suffered a lot."
He said U.N. humanitarian agencies are to arrive in Syria this weekend "if they are not there already, to start their mission with the Syrian government."
Annan met last weekend with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in Damascus and the Syrian opposition in Turkey in an effort to end the violence that has swept the nation since Syrian security forces cracked down on protesters a year ago. He described the atmosphere in the talks as "welcoming and correct."
"We are continuing our discussions" with the government, Annan said. He is also sending the mission this weekend to Damascus "to pursue the discussions and the proposals we left on the table, and at the appropriate time, when I deem sufficient progress has been made, I shall be prepared to go back to the region."
Annan said he spoke with opposition members who are "keen to get talks going and resolve the issue politically and peacefully."
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An estimated 90 per cent of the residents of Aazaz town in northern Aleppo province, [have been forced to flee] as a result of three days of non-stop bombardment by government forces.
The once-bustling northern town, now deserted and in ruins, was formerly a trendy destination for tourists.
Al Jazeera’s Jamal Elshayyal reports.
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[YOUTUBE]2wNZVfdNl4w[/YOUTUBE]Big demo in Cairo Street, Homs live on AJM. Some more officers defected live a few minutes ago.
Protesters in chanting "Freedom! Freedom! Muslim and Christians!" and "God, Muhammad and Jesus" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2wNZVfdNl4w
Defected sniper battalion of the FSA operating in Damascus and its suburbs. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ppiy...ature=youtu.be
He goes on a bit more about how everything's been affecting him.One year of hearing news of deaths, massacres, shelling, and losing my closest family and friends is taking its toll on me.
Bashar made us emotionally numb. My sibling dies, and I stop crying the next day. He turned us into monsters like him.
We will never surrender. We win or we die.
I've lost my bro and my sister now. My bro is still missing, but sometimes in the street I can hear him calling, I turn, and there's nothing
My sister was killed a few months ago. She was three months pregnant. I remember helping her put together a crib. I have no words.
Very tough to read through, especially knowing that so many thousands of people are going through the same thing there.