Syria conflict: Opposition in London talks with UK

BBC, November 15

Syrian opposition leaders are due in London for talks later with the UK’s Foreign Secretary William Hague.

Britain will urge the newly formed coalition to put forward a clear plan for political transition in Syria.

In return, the UK government is considering official recognition of the group as the legitimate opposition to President Bashar al-Assad’s rule.

The UK could also push for the lifting of an EU arms embargo to allow the supply of weapons to rebel forces.

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  • William Hague signals recognition of new Syrian rebel grouping

    William Hague signalled that Britain is prepared to formally recognise a new Syrian opposition grouping, as he hailed an “encouraging tunring point” in fight against Bashar al-Assad.

    The Telegraph, By Alex Spillius, November 16

    France, Turkey and the Gulf states have also recognised a new Syrian opposition group as the legitimate representative of the Syrian people, a move Mr Hague is likely to make next week after meeting delegates from Syrian National Coalition for Opposition and Revolutionary Forces in London.

    Officials from the US, France, Germany and other nations also attended meetings in London with the group, aimed at determining how better to support opponents of Syrian President Bashar Assad and to stress the need for the opposition fighters to respect human rights.

    On recognition of the opposition, Mr Hague said: “We would like to be able at an early stage to recognise them as the sole legitimate representative of the Syrian people.

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