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Thu Nov 15, 2012, 08:00 PM


Turkey urges recognition of Syrian opposition

Source: Al Jazeera

The Turkish foreign minister has called on Muslim countries to recognise a new Syrian opposition coalition and said that Turkey has both the will and capacity to defend its borders if violence continues to spill over.

Speaking at an Organisation of Islamic Co-operation (OIC) ministerial meeting in Djibouti on Thursday, Ahmet Davutoglu praised the formation of the Syrian National Coalition as an "important achievement" and said that President Bashar al-Assad's regime was on the verge of collapsing.

"Turkey once again reiterates its recognition of the Syrian National Coalition as the legitimate representative of the Syrian people and calls upon all our brothers in the OIC to do so," he said.

Members of Syria's opposition, including rebel fighters, veteran dissidents and ethnic and religious minorities, forged a coalition on Sunday to try to end the infighting that has hampered their struggle against Assad.

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