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The Syrian coalition recognized by the European Union, for dessert

Ahmad MOAZ AL-KHATIB during his visit to the Elysée on November 17 (credit: Presidency of the Republic)

(B2) There is no need for words or big statements sometimes. In diplomatic terms, a good lunch is worth all the recognition in the world. This is the bias of the Foreign Ministers of the European Union to silence their differences of approach.

The “27” will indeed have at their table on Monday, Ahmed Moaz Al-Khatib, the president of the Coalition of Syrian Opposition and Revolutionary Forces. Of course it will only be a dessert and a coffee taken together. Since before then the ministers will have had another equally thorny subject to debate: the evolution of the situation in the Middle East (also with the question of relations between the EU and Russia). But it is also a way of distancing ourselves from all the literary precautions that were taken during the last council of ministers

On November 19, the debate sharpened between those in favor of conferring on the new Syrian opposition coalition the status of “sole legitimate representative” and those in favor of conferring a more vague status; we ultimately chose not to choose, with an equivocal formula of "legitimate representatives of the aspirations of the Syrian people". On Monday, the European Union will have deliberately validated the choice of the coalition as “the legitimate representative” of the Syrian people.

France (November 13) followed by Italy (November 19) and the United Kingdom (November 20) chose to recognize the opposition as “the” legitimate representative of the Syrian people. The United States, hesitant for a while, seems ready to adopt this point of view since on Wednesday (December 5) in Brussels, Hillary Clinton, the Secretary of State, recognized that the opposition organization would “ In the right direction ". And that she had “the intention and willingness to work with (her) » and even to find « look for new ways to help them ».

(Nicolas Gros-Verheyde)

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Nicolas Gros Verheyde

Chief editor of the B2 site. Graduated in European law from the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne and listener to the 65th session of the IHEDN (Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale. Journalist since 1989, founded B2 - Bruxelles2 in 2008. EU/NATO correspondent in Brussels for Sud-Ouest (previously West-France and France-Soir).