‘Friends Of Syria’ To Demand Ceasefire, Recognize Syrian National Council

“Friends of Syria,” a coalition of Western and Arab nations, will demand that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad implement an immediate ceasefire and allow relief supplies to reach civilians. The coalition, which will meet in Tunis tomorrow, will “[recognize] the Syrian National Council as a legitimate representative of Syrians seeking peaceful democratic change,” according to a draft declaration obtained by Reuters. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, speaking at a press conference in London today, warned that “There will be increasingly capable opposition forces. They will from somewhere, somehow find the means to defend themselves as well as begin offensive measures.”