Mon, Nov 19, 2012 - Page 6 News List

Syria slams France, fighting rages


“There is no problem. The coalition exists and we will launch a call for candidates to form a government of technocrats that will work until the regime falls,” he told reporters.

However, Khatib appeared to have made little progress on his call for the West to arm the insurgency.


“The [rebel] Syrians need military means but the international community also has to exercise control,” Hollande said.

He acknowledged that France could not act without agreement from its EU — the EU has a strict embargo on arms deliveries to Syria.

EU foreign ministers are due to discuss the embargo at talks in Brussels today.

France on Tuesday became the first Western power to recognize the the opposition coalition as the sole representative of the Syrian people.

Turkey and the Gulf Arab states have also officially recognized it, and British Foreign Minister William Hague said on Friday that London was considering following suit.

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