The leader of Syria’s most prominent opposition group has rejected Kofi Annan’s call for dialogue with the government.
Burhan Ghalioun, president of the Syrian National Council (SNC), said on Friday that any solution to the crisis must be accompanied by military pressure on President Bashar al-Assad.
Sad to see this, though I understand that the SNC views the need for al-Assad to be militarily removed. I think they are hurting themselves though with this position. They need to generate support from the international community if they intend to succeed, and they won’t do so if they are unwilling to attempt to find a peaceful solution.
Kofi Annan is set to arrive in Damascus this weekend. Hopefully he can find a way to get the two sides working towards an actual resolution.