Syria warns of reprisals for recognition of oppn

Syria will retaliate against any country that recognises the opposition National Council.

Last Updated: Oct 09, 2011, 18:37 PM IST

Damascus: Syria will retaliate against any
country that recognises the opposition National Council,
Foreign Minister Walid Muallem said on Sunday.

"We will take significant measures against any country
that recognises this illegitimate council," Muallem told a
news conference, as the newly formed opposition group lobbied
for support in Cairo.

Formed in Istanbul at the end of August, the Syrian
National Council unites all the major known factions opposing
Assad`s rule, both inside and outside Syria.

It includes the Local Coordination Committees, an
activist network spurring protests in Syria, the long-banned
Muslim Brotherhood as well as Kurdish and Assyrian groups.

The United Nations estimates that a total of more than
2,900 people have been killed since Syria launched its brutal
crackdown on dissent in mid-March.

But Damascus plays down the scope of the opposition
movement and blames "terrorists" and "armed gangs" for the
country`s violence.

PTI