UNITED NATIONS (AP) — After countless speeches, meetings and behind-the-scenes discussions, the unending war in Syria remained the unsolved problem that loomed over this year's United Nations gathering of world leaders.
As the week-long meeting of the U.N. General Assembly ended Monday, there were no breakthroughs on a civil war that has paralyzed the Security Council and raised new questions about the U.N.'s relevance.
Talk about Syria, however, was heard everywhere.
Dozens of nations excoriated the regime of President Bashar Assad for its role in a conflict that has killed at least 30,000 Syrians, according to activists.
After Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon met with Syria's foreign minister Monday, his press office said he "raised in the strongest terms the continued killings, massive destruction, human rights abuses, and aerial and artillery attacks committed by the government."