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Syria conflict resolution comes to a halt

U.N. envoy Kofi Annan (left) and Syrian President Bashar Assad (right) are seen in this undated file photo.

March 11, 2012 12:00:00 AM PST
An international push to end Syria's year-old conflict stalled on Sunday after United Nations envoy Kofi Annan left the country without a cease-fire.

Annan was seeking an immediate cease-fire to allow for humanitarian aid and the start of a dialogue between all parties on a political solution. Syrian President Bashar Assad told Annan that a political solution is impossible as long as terrorist groups threaten Syria.

His regime blames the uprising on armed groups acting out a foreign conspiracy. While opposition leaders the thousands killed by government forces were protesting peacefully.

Meanwhile, activists say Syrian forces targeted other Homs neighborhoods Sunday with shells and rocket-propelled grenades.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.