According to a Reuters correspondent, pro-Assad activists waving portraits of Syrian leader is surrounded the Palace Hotel that hosts the forum. They even tried to storm the building but were repelled by police.
The initiative to establish, support the efforts of the Arab League, a “friends” of the Syrian people was put forward by France. Its objective is to stop the violence in Syria. The first conference of “Friends of Syria” has met on Friday in Tunis sixty countries, ten associations and representatives of the opposition to the regime of Bashar al-Assad.
It is possible that the forum participants recognize the Syrian National Council (based opposition outside) as the legitimate representative of the Syrian people and evoke a military intervention in Syria.
Since mid-March 2011, Syria has been rocked by a protest movement against the regime. According to the UN, the suppression of the revolt would have already killed more than 5,400 dead. In addition, nearly 2,000 police and Syrian military were killed by insurgents.