As fighting continued to rage in Syria, talks aimed at ending the bloodshed came to a halt — at least temporarily — with a U.N. envoy stating “there is more work to be done from both sides” before there can be peace.

U.N. Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura on Wednesday announced “a pause” in discussions aimed at resolving the Middle Eastern nation’s years-long war, saying they should restart February 25 in Geneva.

“Our main objective is the immediate implementation of the humanitarian side of things,” de Mistura said. “Both sides expressed their interest in getting the political process started.”

Unfortunately, recent history doesn’t give much reason for optimism that this process will yield positive results anytime soon.

According to the United Nations, more than 250,000 people have been killed, 1 million injured and the majority of Syrians displaced due to ongoing violence since 2011. Multiple parties have talked about a peaceful resolution and there have been sporadic efforts to make this happen but — aside from a handful of isolated, temporary ceasefires — none have shown signs of taking hold.

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