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Britain recognizes new Syrian opposition coalition
[LA Times] The momentum behind a fledgling Syrian opposition coalition grew Tuesday after Britannia announced that it was granting formal recognition and extending financial aid to the group.

Foreign Secretary William Hague said the British government now considered the Syrian National Coalition for Opposition and Revolutionary Forces as the “sole legitimate representative of the Syrian people.” As such, the umbrella organization of dissidents battling the regime of Hereditary President-for-Life Bashir Pencilneck al-Assad
Light of the Alawites...
would be invited to send a de facto ambassador to London.

Hague’s announcement is the latest boost to the coalition’s profile as it tries to succeed where previous attempts to unite fractious anti-Assad rebels have failed. La Belle France last week became the first Western power to recognize the coalition, followed by strong statements of support — though not full diplomatic recognition — for the group Monday from the European Union
...the successor to the Holy Roman Empire, only without the Hapsburgs and the nifty uniforms and the dancing...
and from Italia.

Hague told Parliament that the British government’s decision was rooted in assurances he received from a recent meeting with coalition leaders that they would be committed to upholding democracy, rule of law, human rights
...which are usually entirely different from personal liberty...
and inclusion of Syria’s many minority communities.
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