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Arab recognition of Syria opposition imminent: SNC

Opposition Syrian National Council unveils 'confirmations'for Arab recognition ahead of the Arab League meeting in Cairo

AFP , Saturday 11 Feb 2012
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Burhan Ghalioun, left, Chairman of Syria's National Transitional Council, speaks to the media in Moscow, on Nov. 15, 2011. Photo:AP)
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Arab recognition of the opposition Syrian National Council is imminent, SNC member Ahmed Ramadan said in Qatar on Saturday, ahead of key talks in the Egyptian capital on the crisis.

"We have confirmations of an Arab recognition (of the SNC) that will soon take place, though not necessarily on Sunday," when the Arab League holds a ministerial meeting on Syria in Cairo, Ahmed Ramadan told AFP.

"But there will be strong signals on Sunday, especially from Gulf Cooperation Council states," whose foreign ministers will also meet in Cairo before joining the Arab League meeting, Ramadan said.

Ramadan's comments come a day after two other SNC figures said they expected recognition of their coalition of major opposition parties, grouping Islamists -- including the Muslim Brotherhood -- liberals and nationalists.

On Friday, Imad Hussari, a spokesman for the group and leader of the "Local Coordination Committees" which mobilises protests inside Syria, said "there should be an official recognition of the SNC by several Gulf countries."

Another SNC figure, Istanbul-based Khaled Khoja, confirmed he expects recognition "by several Arab states in the coming days." The opposition members did not specify the extent of recognition they expected from Arab states.

Currently, only Libya's post-revolutionary interim government recognises the SNC and does so as its sole legitimate Syrian interlocutor.

The Gulf states decided on Monday to expel Syrian ambassadors from their capitals and have said they are mulling further moves.

Since arriving on Thursday, members of the SNC executive committee have held a series of meetings in Qatar, a key member of the GCC, which also groups Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Saudia Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

Qatar has been at the forefront of efforts to impose sanctions against the Syrian regime's lethal crackdown on anti-regime protesters in which activists say more than 6,000 people have been killed since March last year.

On Saturday, four SNC members travelled to Cairo to discuss with Arab League chief Nabil al-Arabia a French proposal to form a "Friends of Syria" group, Ramadan said.

French President Nicolas Sarkozy proposed creating the group after Moscow and China vetoed on February 4 a draft UN Security Council resolution condemning the crackdown by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's forces.

Saudi King Abdullah said on Friday that world confidence in the United Nations had been shaken after the world body failed to adopt the resolution.

"We all used to take pride in the United Nations which used to bring us together and not divide us ... but what took place does not augur well as world confidence in the United Nations has undoubtedly been shaken," he said.

On Tuesday, the GCC states decided to expel Syrian envoys and withdraw their own over the "mass slaughter" of civilians.

Ramadan had said that the opposition will "begin documenting the regime's crimes, in cooperation with international human rights groups, and will present these (documents) to the International Criminal Court."

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Nikos Retsos
11-02-2012 06:46pm
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The Arab League, and especially Qatar, is just a U.S. front guard in the Middle East. It is a group of autocrats themselves that Wikileaks revealed consider Iran as "snake," and they certainly consider Syria as the "tail of that snake!" There is no doubt that the Arab League want to help the U.S. and Israel overthrow the regimes in Iran and Syria, which subsequently will isolate and suffocate Hezbollah and Hamas. And Israel is so encouraged that it approved new building in the West Bank! (AFP, February 10, 2012) Where is the outrage of the Arab League for the Israeli expropriation of Palestine? Where is the outage of the Arab League for the continued suppression of the Bahrainian opposition? Simply speaking, the Syrian regime of Bashar Assad, a tough anti-Western pillar of Hezbollah, Hamas and Iran in Middle East, has been slated by the West for demolition! And the pro-Western autocrats in the Gulf bowed to the U.S. pressure to sell the ouster of the anti-Western regime in S
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