Syria war unavoidable - Russian parliamentarian

The West has given up the chance to settle the conflict in Syria through talks, State Duma Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Alexei Pushkov said.

"Recognition of the Syrian opposition as "legitimate" authorities by the "Friends of Syria" gives up on any attempts to find a political solution. The only option now is war," Pushkov said on his Twitter page on Thursday.

Delegates to the Friends of Syria meeting, which was held in Marrakesh, Morocco, on Wednesday, officially recognized the National Coalition for Syrian Revolutionary and Opposition Forces as the only representative of the Syrian people.

The Friends of Syria group includes several Arab and Western countries.

Recognition of the national coalition as the sole representative of the Syrian people was agreed upon fully today, Moroccan Foreign Minister Saad-Eddine Al-Othmani said at a press conference after the meeting.

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