Subscribe Register Login

Tuesday, September 02, 2014, 4:56 p.m.
Top Picks - Capture Arkansas

114 countries back new Syrian coalition

By The Associated Press

This article was originally published December 12, 2012 at 7:55 a.m. Updated December 12, 2012 at 11:42 a.m.

— More than a 100 countries Wednesday recognized a new Syrian opposition coalition, opening the way for greater humanitarian assistance and possibly even military aid to the forces battling Bashar Assad.

The opposition has been under intense international pressure to create a more organized and representative body to receive foreign aid, so it formed the Syrian National Coalition in Doha, Qatar, in November, and it was widely applauded at the conference in Morocco.

“With every day that passes, the regime’s hold on power weakens. Territory slips from its grasp. The opposition becomes more unified and organized,” said U.S. Deputy Secretary of State for the Middle East William Burns.

His boss, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, was expected to attend the conference but canceled following an illness.

“We look to the coalition to continue creating more formal structures within the opposition and to accelerate planning for a democratic political transition that protects the rights, the dignity and the aspirations of all Syrians and all communities,” Burns said. He also announced that the leadership of the new coalition has been invited to Washington.

As the conference was taking place, an explosion occurred near the Syrian Interior Ministry in Damascus, according to state TV, possibly another audacious rebel attack at the center of the regime’s power. Fighting has intensified in the southern districts of the Syrian capital and its suburbs.

The conference came hours after President Barack Obama declared its new coalition was the “legitimate representative” of its country’s people.

Comments on: 114 countries back new Syrian coalition

To report abuse or misuse of this area please hit the "Suggest Removal" link in the comment to alert our online managers. Read our Terms of Use policy.

Subscribe Register Login

You must login to make comments.

TOP JOBS

  • Driver class a

    class a cdl driver needed Must have good driving record , be...
    BEEBE, AR

  • Drivers needed

    drivers needed 5 years OTR verifiable experience. Drug test ...
    NORTH LITTLE ROCK, AR

  • Account executive sales and marketing

    account executive sales and marketing The Arkansas Democrat-...
    Little Rock, AR

  • Carriers wanted

    earning from $800 to $1,100 per month for a few hours each ...
    Texarkana, AR

  • Powder coaters

    Ready? Set? GO! We take industrial staffing seriously. Mater...
    Little Rock, AR

Search 913 jobs >

Top Picks - Capture Arkansas
Arkansas Online