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SNC is 'legitimate representative': 'Friends of Syria'

'Friends of Syria' member countries recognise legitimacy of oppositional Syrian National Council as representative of all Syrians following council's plea

AFP , Sunday 1 Apr 2012
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"Friends of Syria" member countries recognised the opposition Syrian National Council Sunday as the "legitimate representative" of all Syrians, the Anatolia news agency said.

In the final statement of the second "Friends of Syria" conference, "the Syrian National Council has been recognised as the legitimate representative of all Syrians," said Anatolia.

It follows the SNC's pleas for recognition at the conference in Istanbul.

"We want the recognition of the SNC as the sole legitimate representative of the Syrian people," SNC head Burhan Ghalioun told the meeting.

The second "Friends of Syria" meeting opened with more than 70 representatives discussing ways to pressure President Bashar al-Assad to end violence and to support the Syrian opposition.

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