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Syria – National command structure in Antalya (Q&A - Excerpt from the daily press briefing - December 12, 2012)

Q : A military committee of the Syrian opposition has just been established in Antalya. What is France’s response?

A : After France, Turkey and several EU countries, as well as the United States have just recognized the Syrian opposition coalition as the legitimate representative of the Syrian people. While the Marrakesh conference is being held today, we welcome this further recognition which strengthens the coalition’s legitimacy.

Furthermore, we note that the process of unifying the Syrian military opposition is also being consolidated. We welcome the initiative taken in Antalya to form a unified national command structure. The military staff that emerge from this process must be placed under the authority of the Syrian National Council, the only legitimate representative of the Syrian people.

We hope that the coalition will be able to swiftly appoint an interim government that will have full authority over the civilian revolutionary committees and the armed components of the revolution.



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