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World powers recognize Syrian opposition coalition
Published Wednesday 12/12/2012 (updated) 13/12/2012 21:56
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A Jordanian army car carrying Syrian refugees fleeing violence in
their country after they crossed into Jordanian territory with their
families into Jordan Sept. 15, 2012. (Reuters/Muhammad Hamed)
MARRAKECH, Morocco (Reuters) -- World powers meeting in Marrakech recognized Syria's new opposition coalition as "the legitimate representative of the Syrian people" and called on President Bashar Assad to "stand aside", according to a draft declaration obtained on Wednesday.

The declaration by 130 international representatives comprising the "Friends of Syria" group of nations warned that any use by Assad's government of chemical or biological weapons would be met by a "serious response".

"Participants acknowledge the National Coalition as the legitimate representative of the Syrian people and the umbrella organization under which the Syrian opposition are gathering," said the draft declaration obtained before the meeting of major powers, excluding Russia and China.

"Bashar Assad has lost legitimacy and should stand aside to allow "a sustainable political transition" process," said the text of the draft declaration obtained by Reuters.

Referring to recent Western intelligence reports suggesting that Assad could use chemical and biological weapons in the 20-month-old conflict, the major powers said "any use of chemical weapons in Syria would be abhorrent and that this would draw a serious response from the international community".

They also announced the creation of a relief fund "to support the Syrian people", calling on states and organizations to make contributions to the fund.
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1 ) Mel / USA
12/12/2012 17:09
What a load of criminal BULLSH*T! SHAME!SHAME on them all!They're all self-serving cowards,who fear the USGovt,which itself struts around like an Emperor with NO CLOTHES on now!The "friends" are all just like the lily-livered puppets who marched with Hitler(he used them too).They're no"Friends"of DEMOCRACY,SOVEREIGNTY,or INTERNATIONAL LAWS!They use Bin Ladens extremists as USG,EU,UKG proxies,to slaughter any Arabs!Just to topple a proud,strong,Shia,leader&wreck Syria,coz he won't KISS USG BUTT!!

2 ) Nizar / Tanzania
13/12/2012 09:29
Mel is absolutely right. US empire is using Arab monarchs for its Geo-political interest which has nothing to do with democracy or human rights. Once they finish with Gaddafys and Assads they will go for the monarchs. Remember how they betrayed their puppet Mubarak?
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