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Syrian opposition rules out dialogue with president


13:44, November 16, 2011

MOSCOW, Nov. 15 (Xinhua) -- The Syrian opposition said Tuesday they wouldn't negotiate with President Bashar al-Assad and want U.N. peacekeepers sent to their country to protect civilians.

"The opposition is not going to hold any preliminary or preparative talks with the regime in Damascus," Burhan Ghalyoun, chairman of the Syrian National Council (SNC), told reporters during a visit to Moscow.

He added that the opposition has asked the international community, including Russia, to press Assad to step down.

Meanwhile, Ghalyoun said the SNC is still looking for a peaceful resolution to the Syrian crisis.

Ghalyoun said the SNC calls for the presence of U.N. peacekeepers in their country for protecting civilians, which, he said, is not military intervention.

Early on Tuesday, the SNC delegation led by Ghalyoun held talks with Russsian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and his deputy Mikhail Bogdanov.

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