France Says It Will Officially Recognize Syrian Provisional Government

In an annual speech to diplomats in Paris, French President François Hollande has said that France wants the Syrian opposition for form a provisional government and that France would recognize it.

“France asks the Syrian opposition to form a provisional government — inclusive and representative — that can become the legitimate representative of the new Syria,... France will recognize the provisional government of Syria once it is formed,” said Hollande.

Syria has been embroiled in a bloody civil war as opposition forces try to overthrow Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. The opposition movement began more than a year and a half ago as part of the Arab Spring, and demonstrators called for some political reforms. Assad responded by sending his secret police and the Army after opposition groups and killing them.

Since then the situation in Syria has only gotten worse with other 13,000 dead according to U.N. estimates.

World leaders have tried to bring about sanctions and set the framework for military intervention, but have been stymied by China and Russia at the U.N. security council, both of which hold veto power also.

The current fighting is in Syria largest city, Aleppo, where rebel fighter have pleaded for international help, flight bans and weapons.

So far, western leaders have only provided non-leather assistance, fearing once the fighting is done those weapons would be used against western nations.

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