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Turkey recognized the Syrian national coalition today as the legitimate representative of the Syrian people, Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu announced, calling on the international community to do the same.

Turkey, however, stopped short of recognizing the coalition as the sole legitimate representative of the country, unlike France.

"Turkey, wholeheartedly welcoming this important achievement, once again reiterates its recognition of the Syrian National Coalition as the legitimate representative of the Syrian people and calls upon all our brothers in the OIC to do so," Davutoğlu said in his address to the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) ministerial meeting in Djibouti.

Davutoğlu's statement came a day after France recognized the national coalition as the sole representative of Syrian people and as the future Syrian government. Turkey's statement was not as powerful as the French one but underlined its recognition of the group as the legitimate representative of the Syrian people.

The Syrian opposition decided to bring more dissident groups under a single umbrella last week in Doha following pressure to do so from the international community.

"I take this opportunity also to call upon the international community to fulfill their promises and extend full support and assistance to the coalition and the Syrian people," Davutoğlu said. "What the Syrian revolution and the Syrian people need now is not more speeches of sympathy and promise only, but effective and real support."

November/15/2012

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Diren Sesel

11/15/2012 7:18:59 PM

A bunch of terrorists are legitimate representatives ?

Syriano Syrian

11/15/2012 5:22:45 PM

Turkey recognises car bomb building jihadists as the legitimate government of Syria. Why dont they agree to join observed elections? They know Assad would win an election easily, so they resort to violence until they can put some zionist controllable puppets in power. You dont represent the Syrian people. The Syrian people need peace now first and foremost while you ask for more war.

Blue Dotterel

11/15/2012 4:32:48 PM

Of course, they are not the legitimate representatives of the Syrian people. The Syrian people prefer Assad. This was shown last January in the Doha debate poll, and last spring in the Syrian referendum and elections - all of which are ignore by the enemies of the Syrian people. These enemies, NATO and the GCC, will continue their murderous attacks on Syria's towns and cities, as they have done for the past two years.

Ryan James

11/15/2012 3:19:41 PM

Who are they to decide for the Syrian people? What a murderous, imperialistic crime!
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