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article imageCanada says Syrian opposition must reject extremism

By Katerina Nikolas     Dec 12, 2012 in World
Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird has said Syria's National Opposition Coalition must reject extremism before Canada will recognize its legitimacy.
The Syrian opposition to the regime of President Bashar Al-Assad has now been recognized by the U.S. However, Canada has held back from endorsing the opposition, instead outlining conditions the National Opposition Coalition must adhere to before receiving the Canadian nod.
The National Post reported a Canadian official said John Baird "outlined the importance of rejecting extremism, the inclusion of minorities, and the importance of the role of women in a post-Assad era."
Baird also took a more cautious approach than the U.S. to listing the al-Nursa Front a terrorist organization, saying he would defer to the Public Safety Minister regarding the group.
According to the Globe and Mail Baird regards the risk of a chemical weapon attack as a serious concern but did not state what, if any, action Canada would take in the event of a chemical strike.
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