The EU has welcomed the opposition Syrian National Council.
A statement by EU foreign ministers said the council was a, “ positive step forward,” though they stopped short of outright recognition.
Syria had threatened on Sunday to retaliate against any country that formally recognised the opposition council.
It is claimed at least 31 people have been killed in a series of shootings including fighting between gunmen believed to be army deserters and troops loyal to President Assad. Those figures were released by the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
In one other diplomatic move Russia expressed readiness to provide the UN Security Council with a draft resolution condemning, “the violence on both sides.”
A more balanced text according to Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov than the one Moscow and Beijing vetoed last week.