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EU diplomats welcome Syria opposition bloc

Published on Nov 13, 2012 8:39 PM

CAIRO (AFP) - European Union (EU) foreign ministers meeting in Cairo on Tuesday welcomed a newly formed Syrian opposition bloc but declined to recognise the alliance, instead urging it to bring in more regime dissenters.

"It is a very important milestone and a very big step towards (recognition)," British Foreign Secretary William Hague told reporters on the sidelines of an EU-Arab League meeting.

"We do now want to see the details of the agreement made in Doha implemented, and we want to see in practice that the Syrian opposition or the coalition now being assembled is as inclusive as possible of opposition groups and all communities in Syria," said Mr Hague.

"We want to see that they have support inside Syria. That is a very crucial consideration. If they do all these things, well then, yes, we will be able to recognise them as the legitimate representative of the Syrian people," he added.

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