Iranian source: Turkey becomes closer to the Syrian opposition

As Iranian Press TV writes Turkey has strengthened ties with the Syrian opposition during a meeting between the country’s foreign minister and members of the Syrian National Council (SNC).

Ahmet Davutoglu held talks with the SNC members in Istanbul to discuss the escalation of violence in Syria following a recent massacre in the western Syria town of Houla, Iranian source writes referring to the AFP.

Burhan Ghalioun, the outgoing president of the council, was leading the opposition’s delegation during the meeting. 

Ghalioun resigned a few days ago because of increasing criticism of his leadership, but has been asked to continue in his post until a new president is elected. 

The SNC has been plagued by infighting and divisions since it was established in September. It is based in Turkey and is made up of several exiled Syrian opposition groups. 

The head of the UN observer mission in Syria, Major General Robert Mood said on Sunday that more than 100 people, including at least 32 children, had been killed in the deadly clashes in Houla on Friday. 

The confrontations broke out between Syrian forces and armed groups, despite a ceasefire that took effect on April 12. 

The ceasefire is part of a six-point peace plan, which was presented by UN-Arab League envoy Kofi Annan in March. 

Clashes in Syria started since March, 2012 and thousands people have become victims of the armed clashes. The opposition claims President Bashar al-Assad must resign. The Syrian authorities consider the revolution is sponsored by the Western powers.

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