Force may be only solution in Syria, opposition says

February 22, 2012 12:09

PARIS - The opposition Syrian National Council (SNC) said on Wednesday it was coming to the view that military intervention was the only solution to the nearly year-old crisis that has killed thousands in Syria.

"We are really close to seeing this military intervention as the only solution. There are two evils, military intervention or protracted civil war," Basma Kodmani, a senior SNC official, told a press conference in Paris.

Kodmani said the SNC was also proposing that Russia, which has vetoed action against the Syrian government in the UN Security Council, help persuade Damascus to guarantee safe passage to humanitarian convoys ferrying aid to civilians.

"In order to not militarize, the idea is to ask Russia to exert pressure on the regime not to target humanitarian corridors," she said. Kodmani said the SNC proposed setting up corridors from Lebanon to the besieged city of Homs, from Turkey to Idlib and from Jordan to Deraa.

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