Syrian Opposition Asks EU, Arab League for Weapons

World | November 13, 2012, Tuesday // 17:29
Bulgaria: Syrian Opposition Asks EU, Arab League for Weapons Arab League and EU foreign ministers pose for a group photo after their meeting in Cairo Tuesday. Photo by EPA/BGNES

The Syrian opposition wants suitable weapons from the international community to restore peace to civil war torn Syria, stated opposition leader Mouaz Al-Khatib.

Al-Khatib spoke Tuesday to an Arab League and EU foreign ministers' meeting, convened in Cairo to discuss the situation in Syria.

Monday the Arab League sitting in Cairo recognized Syria's opposition National Coalition as the legitimate representative of Syria, ceasing recognition of the government of embattled President Bashar Al-Assad.

Formed earlier in November, the National Coalition for Syrian Revolutionary and Opposition Forces brings together the Syrian National Council and other opposition organizations.

It is presided by Ahmad Mouaz Al-Khatib Al-Hasani, a geophysicist that later served as imam in the great Ummayad Mosque in Damascus.

Tuesday addressing foreign ministers from the Arab League and the European Union, Al-Khatib said that the Council needs more weapons "to put an end to the suffering and bloodshed" in Syria.

In his address, he also underscored that the new coalition has been formed after extensive negotiations and is representative of the great majority of opposition forces within Syria.

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Tags: Mouaz Al-Khatib, National Coalition, Syrian National Council, Bashar Al-Assad, EU, European Union, Arab League, weapons, Damascus, Cairo
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