November 15th, 2011
11:50 AM ET

Syrian opposition group calls for U.N. peacekeepers

A leading Syrian opposition group called for the introduction of U.N. peacekeepers in Syria Tuesday after talks with Russian government officials, according to the Russian news agency Interfax.

Syrian National Council chairman Burhan Ghalioun also urged Russia to demand Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's resignation, according to Interfax, after meeting with officials at the Russian Foreign Ministry.

Ghalioun, in a news conference held at Interfax's Moscow office, said that he was not asking for military intervention but rather "blue helmet" peacekeepers from the United Nations.

Russia has not changed its position on Syria's political crisis, Ghalioun said, giving Syria a sense of protection from international criticism, Interfax reported. Russia has previously accused the West of inciting opposition to the Syrian government.

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  1. BOMBO

    How does Assad feel about all of those Chechens that the Russians killed?

    November 15, 2011 at 12:16 pm | Report abuse |
  2. banasy©

    What, one typo and you're Bombo?

    November 15, 2011 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
  3. BOMBO

    Change is a good thing. And it's shorter.

    November 15, 2011 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
  4. George Patton

    What needs to be done here is to get both Bashar al Assad and the opposition to the table and stop all this needless violence. We also need to persuade the NATO countries to butt out of this so a truce can be achieved on the streets of Syria.

    November 15, 2011 at 4:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • john swanson

      You sure as hell know that will not happen.IRAN and RUSSIA will have to stick there noses in to SYRIAS business first.

      November 15, 2011 at 7:02 pm | Report abuse |
  5. banasy©

    Bombo: 😉

    November 15, 2011 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
  6. jayfor

    let them deal with there problems

    November 15, 2011 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
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