President Hollande calls on Syrian opposition to form govt, says France would recognize it

PARIS — French President Francois Hollande is calling on Syria’s opposition to form a provisional government and says France would recognize it once such a government is formed.

Hollande’s announcement in a speech Monday to France’s ambassadors amounts to new diplomatic pressure against Syrian President Bashar Assad’s regime amid escalating bloodshed in the country.

France’s President Francois Hollande speaks during a ceremony to commemorate the 68th anniversary of the Liberation of Paris in 1944, at the city hall in Paris, Saturday, Aug. 25, 2012.

Syria’s opposition remains badly fragmented, and it is far from clear whether such a provisional government could be formed anytime soon.

But Hollande’s announcement, believed to be the first of its kind, appeared aimed to give an impetus to the creation of such a government.

Source: Washington Post

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