Syria blasts EU for endorsing opposition coalition

Associated Press
In this Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012 photo, a Syrian woman walks in front of a destroyed hospital where heavy clashes took place between rebel fighters and the Syrian army to seize control over the area, on the outskirts of Aleppo, Syria. There is a struggle for power among rebel factions in Syria with Islamists rejecting the country's new Western-backed opposition coalition and unilaterally declaring an Islamic state in the key battleground of Aleppo, though all of the groups are fighting to topple President Bashar Assad. (AP Photo/Narciso Contreras)

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BEIRUT (AP) — Damascus has blasted the European Union for recognizing the newly formed Syrian opposition coalition as a legitimate voice of the Syrian people.

State-run daily Al-Thawra newspaper derided the coalition formed earlier this month as a "deformed" newborn baby.

A front-page editorial Wednesday in the paper — which is a government mouthpiece — says that all possible "cosmetic surgeries do not bode well for the evolution of this monster."

EU's 27 foreign ministers recognized the Syrian coalition during their monthly meeting this week.

The National Coalition of the Syrian Revolutionary and Opposition Forces was formed Nov. 11 in Qatar under pressure from the United States for a stronger, more united opposition body to serve as a counterweight to the more extremist forces fighting President Bashar Assad's regime.

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