(Image Source: Guardian)


BY JOHN O’CONNOR
Anchor Jasmine Bailey


The newly organized Syrian National Coalition gained major support Tuesday as the United Kingdom joined the growing list of countries to officially recognize the group as representative of the Syrian people. The U.K.’s Guardian and CBC News have more.

“Her majesty's government has decided to recognize The National Coalition of Syrian Revolution and Opposition forces as the sole legitimate representative of the Syrian people.” 

“Britain has become the 10th country to recognize the coalition as the sole representative of the Syrian people. France, Italy, Turkey, and the Gulf Arab states have already done that … ”

The new opposition body officially came together earlier this month in Doha, but The New York Times reports many western countries have hesitated to recognize the group until it proves it can unite the fractured opposition forces and provide much needed humanitarian aid.

“ … the countries that have extended early diplomatic recognition are making a calculation that backing the coalition now will help make it credible and bolster its chances of becoming a legitimate alternative to the government of President Bashar al-Assad. The previous attempt, the Syrian National Council, got lost in a thicket of personal bickering.”

A BBC political analyst says Britain’s recognition of the group as a “credible alternative to Al-Assad” will give the Syrian rebels a much needed international voice and the opportunity for a political transition.

“A special team of foreign office diplomats will go out to Syria to help the opposition with their political structures and to get their message across.”  

According to CNN, British Foreign Secretary William Hague says he hopes to work through diplomatic channels to end the conflict in Syria, but that the U.K. will remain open to other options. 

 

U.K. Officially Recognizes New Syrian Opposition Coalition

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Nov 21, 2012

U.K. Officially Recognizes New Syrian Opposition Coalition

(Image Source: Guardian)


BY JOHN O’CONNOR
Anchor Jasmine Bailey


The newly organized Syrian National Coalition gained major support Tuesday as the United Kingdom joined the growing list of countries to officially recognize the group as representative of the Syrian people. The U.K.’s Guardian and CBC News have more.

“Her majesty's government has decided to recognize The National Coalition of Syrian Revolution and Opposition forces as the sole legitimate representative of the Syrian people.” 

“Britain has become the 10th country to recognize the coalition as the sole representative of the Syrian people. France, Italy, Turkey, and the Gulf Arab states have already done that … ”

The new opposition body officially came together earlier this month in Doha, but The New York Times reports many western countries have hesitated to recognize the group until it proves it can unite the fractured opposition forces and provide much needed humanitarian aid.

“ … the countries that have extended early diplomatic recognition are making a calculation that backing the coalition now will help make it credible and bolster its chances of becoming a legitimate alternative to the government of President Bashar al-Assad. The previous attempt, the Syrian National Council, got lost in a thicket of personal bickering.”

A BBC political analyst says Britain’s recognition of the group as a “credible alternative to Al-Assad” will give the Syrian rebels a much needed international voice and the opportunity for a political transition.

“A special team of foreign office diplomats will go out to Syria to help the opposition with their political structures and to get their message across.”  

According to CNN, British Foreign Secretary William Hague says he hopes to work through diplomatic channels to end the conflict in Syria, but that the U.K. will remain open to other options. 

 

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