France first Western power to formally back anti-Assad coalition

Last Updated: Wednesday, November 14, 2012 - 15:59

London: France has become the first Western power to recognise Syria’s opposition coalition as the sole legitimate representative of the Syrian people.
The move was announced by President Francois Hollande at a televised news conference in Paris.
London: France has become the first Western power to recognise Syria’s opposition coalition as the sole legitimate representative of the Syrian people.
The move was announced by President Francois Hollande at a televised news conference in Paris.
“I announce today that France recognises the Syrian National Coalition as the sole legitimate representative of the Syrian people and as the future government of a democratic Syria, allowing it to bring an end to Bashar al-Assad``s regime,” Hollande told reporters.

Hollande said that France would look at the question of arming the coalition, but that it would not support doing so ‘as long as it wasn``t clear where these weapons went’.

“With the coalition, as soon as it is a legitimate government of Syria, this question will be looked at by France, but also by all countries that recognise this government,” he said. Syrian opposition groups had struck a deal in Qatari capital Doha on Sunday to form a broad coalition to overthrow President Bashar al-Assad.

According to the BBC, the US and Britain have both signaled support for the coalition, but they stopped short of recognising it as a government-in-exile.

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First Published: Wednesday, November 14, 2012 - 15:58

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