At least 200 Syrian dissidents met near Damascus on Saturday in a bid to unite the country’s opposition groups.
The meeting follows seven months of protests against President Bashar al-Assad. His family has ruled the country for the past four decades.
Last week in Istanbul, Syrian dissidents chose 140 people to form a “national council” against Assad.
The attempt to present a united front came one day after 44 people died during anti-government protests on Friday.
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon wants the international community to act and take “coherent measures” against Assad’s regime. The world body estimates that 2,600 people have lost their lives since the uprising began.