Syria’s president is lying and only foreign military action can protect civilians. That is the message from Syria’s opposition and activists who have been meeting in Tunisia.
The Syrian National Council claims Bashar al-Assad has no intention of honouring a deal to let in Arab League monitors observe whether troops are pulling out of rebellious towns.
“Syria’s signature of the agreement is a lie aimed at buying time and discouraging the League from resorting to the UN,” said Burhan Ghalioun of the Syrian National Council.
“We want a firmer position – that the League avoids the traps of this lying regime. We urge the Arab League and the United Nations to defend Syrians by establishing isolated and secure areas inside Syria,” he told a news conference.
Both Arab League and world powers have shown no inclination for military intervention because of the risk of kindling wider Middle East conflict, given Assad’s anti-Israel alliance with Iran and sectarian divisions that could spread over its borders.