February 20, 2012
PARIS (Reuters) - French President Nicolas Sarkozy, flanked by, urged Syrian opponents of on Friday to unite so that the outside world could help them overthrow him.
Sarkozy said the lack of unity among opposition groups was as much of a hurdle to resolving the crisis than opposition within theU.N. Security Council to taking action and warned that without a credible alternative the uprising would fail.
"The principle obstacle ... is not just the blockage at the U.N. In Libya we couldn't have had the revolution without the Libyans and we won't be able to have a Syrian revolution without the making enough effort to unite that we can support them more," Sarkozy said.
"We will not accept that a dictator massacres his people, but the revolution will not be led from outside. Like in Tunisia, Egypt and Libya, it must be led from the inside," he told a news conference following a Franco-British summit.
Assad is showing no sign of heeding calls to halt the repression of the 11-month uprising against his rule. His forces on Friday resumed pummelling opposition strongholds in the city of Homs, which has been under fire for two weeks.