United Nations’ peace envoy, Lakhdar Brahimi, met with Syria’s President Assad on Monday to seek ways to end the civil war there.
The opposition says more than 40,000 have died there since the fighting erupted nearly two years ago.
This past weekend saw some of the most horrific violence, as a line of people waiting to buy bread were hit by an air strike.
The Syrian government blamed the carnage on “terrorists.”
Borzou Daragahi of the Financial Times says even if Assad could be persuaded to go, there might not be an end to the violence.
He says the conflict now has a sectarian nature.
And besides, Daragahi adds, it’s possible the different parts of the opposition could fall to fighting each other if the regime collapses.