US recognizes Syrian opposition as legitimate representative of Syrian people

US recognizes Syrian opposition as legitimate representative of Syrian people

White Center : WA : USA | Dec 12, 2012 at 4:20 AM PST
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The United States has formally recognized Syria’s main rebel group as “the legitimate representative” of Syrian people. The move, aimed as at increasing the pressure on President Bashar al-Assad’s regime, came only hours after the opposition faction Al-Nusra Front had been declared a terrorist organization, allegedly linked to Iraqi al-Qaida.

US President Barack Obama announced the official recognition of the new Syrian opposition coalition that is fighting to topple Assad regime as the sole legitimate representative of the Syrian people. He did so in an exclusive interview with Barbara Walters of ABC News on the eve of a meeting of Syrian opposition leaders and friends of Syria group in Morocco.

"We've made a decision that the Syrian Opposition Coalition is now inclusive enough, is reflective and representative enough of the Syrian population that we consider them the legitimate representative of the Syrian people in opposition to the Assad regime," Obama said.

Obama stressed that his administration will never support extremist elements within the coalition and said in order to maintain US support they would need to make sure that they organize themselves effectively and that they are representative of all the parties. Furthermore, they should commit themselves to a political transition that respects women's rights and minority rights.

It is unknown whether Obama meant with extremist elements, al-Qaida members only, or he meant al-Qaida and Syria's Muslim Brotherhood. Knowing that Syria's Muslim Brotherhood said on Tuesday, the US had made a “very wrong” decision by designating the Al-Nusra Front rebel group as a terrorist organization.

It is worth mentioning that the Obama administration has refused to legitimize the Syrian coalition previously, without giving clear and convincing reasons, despite the Syrian opposition coalition have granted official recognition from Gulf Cooperation Council, most members of the Arab League, UK, France, Turkey and other European Union members that showed signs of support to the Syrian opposition, such as Germany. It has earlier decided to expel four Syrian diplomats. Analysts explained the German move as a hint to Assad regime that Berlin intend to minimize its ties with Damascus.

Earlier, the Frankfurter Allgemeinen Sonntagszeitung newspaper reported that Gerhard Schindle, the head of Germany's foreign intelligence agency (BND), said in an interview published last Saturday that the Assad regime is in its final stages. It will be unable to survive as more parts of the country slip from his control. He also appreciated the armed opposition fighting against the Syrian regime, saying they are coordinating better, which is making their fight against Assad regime forces more effective.

On the other hand, Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov said that the US recognition of the National Coalition violates the Geneva Conventions. He added that it is an unexpected turn by America.

Within less than 24 hours and in another blow to Assad regime, a French representative said at the Friends of Syria meeting, in Morocco that his country is ready to arm the Syria opposition and will monitor the situation on the coming months.

The French declaration came hours after 130 international representatives comprising the Friends of Syria recognized Syria's new opposition coalition, as the legitimate representative of the Syrian people and called on Assad to leave power.


I am very happy with the new US position, which is in line with the international legitimacy and humanity. For sure, the US position will have a strong impact on the Syrian crisis and also will be an important catalyst in accelerating the fall of the bloody regime in Damascus.

Apparently, the world is racing against time after they have seen through media that the Free Syrian Army advanced strongly on the ground.

According to many indications, I believe that the Syrian regime is really counting days. At the same time, I think that Russia will not continue to support the Syrian regime, who embarrassed Russia with ongoing massacres and political games which even a young child wouldn't believe it.

I think that the defection of Jihad Makdessi, the former spokesperson for Syria's foreign ministry, has something to do with the developments in the international situation, especially as regards America attitude towards the Syrian crisis. The meeting of the Russian president with the Syrian opposition, which probably included assurances to Russia that it will ensure its interests in Syria after the demise the Assad regime and his family, also influenced decisions.

Finally the international community should be more careful as the Syrian regime is fully prepared to kill more civilians in case Assad feels the game is over!


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Obama formally recognises Syrian opposition
President Barack Obama, seen here with ABC's Barbara Walters. Source: White house and
saleh1966 is based in Gaza, Ġazzah, Palestine, and is an Anchor on Allvoices.
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