|November 19, 2012
European Union has recognized a newly formed Syrian opposition coalition as a “legitimate representatives of the aspirations of the Syrian people.”
The Syrian National Coalition was formed on 11 November when the country’s disparate opposition leaders met in Doha. The body replaced Syrian National Council which had been criticized for being ineffective.
The Foreign ministers of 27 EU nations said the agreement reached in Qatar is a major step towards the necessary unification of the Syrian opposition.
The ministers urged the coalition to continue to respect human rights and democracy and to work with all opposition groups and sections of Syrian society. The statement also said that the EU was “ready” to support coalition relations with the international community.
"I think we will invite the Coalition leaders to our next meeting (in December) to allow them to talk to all the foreign ministers, which will be highly symbolic," said French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius.
Last week France was the first European country to recognize the coalition as the legitimate representative of the Syrian people and a future democratic government.
The newly formed coalition has also been recognized by the Gulf Cooperation Council and Turkey.