EU Recognizes Syria's Anti-Assad OppositionBulgaria in EU | March 2, 2012, Friday // 18:17| views
European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso arrives at the European Council Summit in Brussels, Belgium, 02 March 2012. EPA/BGNES
The European Union has recognized the Syrian National Council, the opposition to the regime of President Bashar al-Assad, as a "legitimate representative of Syrians."
At their summit in Brussels, the EU heads of state and government have also called on Syrian opposition members to unite in their struggle for peace.
"The European Union supports the Syrian opposition in its struggle for freedom, dignity and democracy, recognizes the Syrian National Council as a legitimate representative of Syrians and calls upon all members of the Syrian opposition to unite in its peaceful struggle," a document of the EU leaders said.
The decision by the EU also called on Russia and China, which prevented resolutions regarding Syria at the UN Security Council, to cooperate in efforts for end of violence in Syria.
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