"The situation is indeed extremely difficult. You know, there is a stalemate. There is no prospect for today or tomorrow to move forward. But I also told the council that, paradoxically, now that I have found out a little bit more about what is happening in the country and the region, I think that we will find an opening in the not-too-distant future. I refuse to believe that reasonable people do not see that you cannot go backward."
— U.N.-Arab League mediator Lakhdar Brahimi says he sees no signs of progress towards negotiations in Syria.