ecretary General Ban Ki-moon has described\u00a0the years-long bloodshed\u00a0in Syria\u00a0as a \u201cshameful symbol\u201d \u00a0 United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has described\u00a0the years-long bloodshed\u00a0in Syria\u00a0as a \u201cshameful symbol\u201d of global failure and divisions. Ban told the UN Security Council (UNSC) that he was \u201cprofoundly disappointed\u201d that previous resolutions aimed at preventing further violence in Syria had not been implemented. He added that \u201catrocious crimes\u201d were now taking place on\u00a0an almost hourly basis. The UN chief further urged the 15-member council to support Special Envoy to\u00a0Syria Staffan de Mistura\u2019s proposal for talks to end the foreign-backed conflict in Syria. Syria has been dealing with a deadly foreign-backed crisis since March 2011. According to reports, close to a quarter of a million Syrians have been killed in the crisis. Nearly half of the country\u2019s population-- 12 million people-- have been forced to flee their homes.