“Between us and Bashar Assad are the bodies of 5,000 martyrs. We can’t hear each other even if we wanted to,” he said. “What dialogue are they talking about?”
The U.N. says more than 7,500 people have been killed in the past year since the revolt against Assad erupted in the country’s south and engulfed the country. Activists put the death toll at more than 8,000.
The uprising began with largely peaceful protests, but faced with a vicious regime crackdown, it has become increasingly militarized.
The SNC is openly calling for outside military intervention, but the subject is controversial and divisive.
“Any political solution will not succeed if it is not accompanied by military pressure on the regime,” Ghalioun said.
“As an international envoy, we hope he will have a mechanism for ending the violence,” Ghalioun said.
Ghalioun also welcomed the defection by deputy oil minister Abdo Husameddine and called on other high-ranking government employees “and all those with a conscience” to do the same.
Turkey’s state-run television said two Syrian generals and a colonel have defected to Turkey as Syrian forces appeared to be targeting more rebellious areas, including the northern province of Idlib near Turkey.
The officers were among 234 Syrians who have crossed into Turkey since Thursday to find refuge in six camps, Yusuf Guler, the administrator for the Turkish border town of Reyhanli, told Turkey’s state-run Anadolu Agency. Already more than 11,000 people have sought sanctuary in Turkey.
Reinforcements have been pouring into Idlib for days, including dozens of tanks and armored personnel carriers, activists said. Rami Abdul-Rahman, director of the British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, said they were being brought to the province’s mountainous Jabal al-Zawiya region and town of Saraqeb.
“Many people are fleeing the area, fearing military operations,” he said.
The Observatory and other activists said eight of the 26 people who died Friday were killed in the central city of Homs when mortars exploded near residential districts.
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