Syria rebels want military intervention without UN nod

AFP , Thursday 19 Apr 2012

Calls for military intervention by the Syrian National Council's Free Syrian army are pursued, despite UN Security Council approval

The rebel Free Syrian Army called for outside military intervention against the Damascus regime even without UN Security Council approval, in a video posted online on Thursday.

General Mustafa Ahmed al-Sheikh, who heads the SLA military council, charged that the government, unlike rebel fighters had failed, to respect a ceasefire deal agreed with UN-Arab League mediator Kofi Annan.

He called for "the formation of a military alliance of countries friendly to the Syrian people, without UN Security Council approval, to carry out surgical strikes on key installations of the regime."

Russia and China have blocked strong Security Council action on the 13-month-old crisis in Syria.

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