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article imagePresident Obama recognizes Syrian opposition coalition

By Katerina Nikolas     Dec 12, 2012 in World
President Barack Obama has recognized the Syrian Opposition Coalition, opposed to the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, as the legitimate representative of the Syrian people.
ABC News reported Obama stated: "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 went on to say that with "recognition comes responsibilities." He called on the opposition to respect women's rights. He also added "not everybody who's participating on the ground in fighting Assad are people who we are comfortable with."
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said he was surprised by Obama's recognition of the Syrian opposition, according to RT. Lavrov stated it goes against the Geneva agreement to show support for the rebels.
U.S. recognition follows that of France and Britain, making the U.S. part of the same trio which supported the Libyan rebels against the regime of Colone Gaddafi. Reuters reported that following Obama's recognition of the Syrian opposition, 130 international representatives comprising the "Friends of Syria" group of nations, declared "Bashar al-Assad has lost legitimacy and should stand aside."
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