France: Too early to recognize Syrian opposition coalition

By REUTERS
November 13, 2012 10:57




PARIS - France's Defense Minister said on Tuesday it was still too early to recognize the newly created Syrian opposition coalition, calling for more to be done to unite the armed factions under its umbrella.

Leaders of Syria's exiled opposition formed the coalition in Qatar's capital Doha on Sunday and the grouping is now seeking international recognition as a government-in-waiting.

Paris, one of Syrian President Bashar Assad's harshest critics, has said it would recognize a provisional government that included all strands of society.

But it has ruled out arming rebel forces, concerned weapons could get into the hands of radical Islamists.


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