11 Oct 2011

Opposition council welcomed by EU

11:07 am on 11 October 2011

The European Union has welcomed the formation of a Syrian National Council, set up as an alternative to the rule of President Bashir al-Assad.

The EU says it is a positive step, but has stopped short of recognising the council as it did with the opposition leadership in Libya.

Syria has threatened to retaliate against any country that formally recognises the council.