UK recognizes Syrian opposition coalition as 'sole legitimate representative' of country's people
Britain has formally recognised the newly united Syrian opposition as the 'sole legitimate representative' of the Syrian people.
UK Foreign Secretary William Hague made the announcement in a statement to MPs on Tuesday.
Hague said he had sought and received 'important and encouraging' assurances from the new National Coalition for Syrian Revolutionary and Opposition Forces on agreeing a detailed political transition plan for Syria.
"The National Coalition have much to do to win the full support of the Syrian people and co-ordinate opposition efforts more effectively," the Guardian quoted Hague, as saying.
"But it is strongly in the interests of Syria, of the wider region, and of the United Kingdom that we support them and deny space to extremist groups," he added.
The National Coalition, created under western and Arab pressure to overcome internal divisions, was formed in Qatar after talks this month. I
According to the paper, it hopes to secure wider international recognition and weapons, or at least support for a no-fly zone or humanitarian corridors to protect Syrian civilians.