Syria uprising killings rise to 1,300: activists

Reuters News
Posted: Jun 14, 2011 3:25 AM

AMMAN (Reuters) - The main Syrian activist group organizing protests said on Sunday a violent crackdown has killed 1,300 civilians and called on President Bashar al-Assad to step down to transform the country into a democracy.

In a declaration outlining its vision for a political solution, the National Coordination Committees said power must be handed to the army and an internationally supervised conference should convene within six months to write a new constitution and "stop Syria from sliding into chaos and guarantee a peaceful transfer of power."

(Reporting by Khaled Yacoub Oweis; Editing by Louise Ireland)