The Coalition for a Democratic Syria Celebrates the Formation of the National Coalition of Syrian Revolution and Opposition Forces

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The Coalition for a Democratic Syria celebrates the formation of the National Coalition of Syrian Revolution and Opposition Forces and urges the international community to recognize this body as the sole legitimate representative of the Syrian people.

These leaders represent a broad cross-section of Syrian society and should be recognized as the representative of the Syrian people, a privilege brutal dictator Bashar al-Assad has long since lost.

The Coalition for a Democratic Syria celebrates the formation of the National Coalition of Syrian Revolution and Opposition Forces and urges the international community to recognize this body as the sole legitimate representative of the Syrian people.

The CDS embraces the election of Ahmad Moaz al-Khatib as president of the new National Coalition and of Riad Seif and Suhair al-Attasi as vice presidents. The CDS awaits the selection of a third vice president from the Kurdish community. The CDS further congratulates the newly elected leadership of the Syrian National Council, including its president Georges Sabra, and welcomes its membership in the National Coalition.

"These leaders represent a broad cross-section of Syrian society and should be recognized as the representative of the Syrian people, a privilege brutal dictator Bashar al-Assad has long since lost," said Dr. Yahya Basha, Chairman of United for a Free Syria, a Member Group of the CDS.

Among those governments that have already recognized the National Coalition as the legitimate representative of the Syrian people are France and Libya. The United States, European Union and the Arab League are expected to follow suit in the coming days.

The Coalition for a Democratic Syria is a group of five Syrian-American non-profit organizations working together in Washington, DC to bring about a swift end to the conflict in Syria and support the establishment of a free and democratic Syria. The Coalition for a Democratic Syria is a multi-ethnic, multi-confessional, and non-partisan organization. The CDS includes: Syrian American Council, the Syrian Emergency Task Force, United for a Free Syria, Syrian American Alliance, and Syrian Expatriates Organization.

United for a Free Syria is a grassroots nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting democracy, freedom and dignity for the Syrian people. UFS works to ensure that Syria becomes a thriving democracy and a model for its neighbors in the region.

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