Syrian dissidents ask leaders to act, not just speak
Paris: Members of the Syrian National Council, which represents groups opposed to the rule of Syrian President Bashar Assad, have asked leaders attending global summits to act and not just speak about resolving the crisis in Syria.
According to Los Angeles Times, they fear that the summits focus more on "words than actions" as violence continues to escalate their homeland`s humanitarian crisis.
Their fear comes as world leaders met in Paris and agreed to seek new sanctions against Syria at the UN Security Council.
"A military intervention, starting with a ``no-fly`` zone, this would encourage defections!" Hassan Hachimi, a member of the council`s foreign affairs department, following word that Syrian Brigadier General Manaf Tlas had defected and was expected in Paris shortly, said.
"Even going to the UN to try to push for a new resolution without the support of Russia and China is just a waste of more time that we don``t have," Hachimi said.
The 107 countries and organizations that participated in the latest "Friends of Syria" meeting also discussed ways to increase humanitarian aid and help ensure perpetrators of war crimes are punished.
Despite the opposition`s fears, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and other officials argued that steady diplomatic progress had been made, despite resistance from Russia and China, which in the past have blocked tougher UN action against their Syrian allies.
"The Friends of Syria has been a very useful device to put pressure on the Syrian regime," Hillary said.
"The regime is becoming more isolated, which will hasten its end, because its business support will finally turn on it."
A working group will meet in Doha, Qatar, on July 19 to coordinate ways to stiffen sanctions.
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