The EU has welcomed the formation of the opposition Syrian National Council (SNC) as “a positive step forward”.
The statement, agreed by EU foreign ministers meeting in Luxembourg, called on other countries to do the same.
It comes a day after Syria warned it would take “tough measures” against any country that recognised the SNC.
Meanwhile, heavy gunfire has again been reported in the central city of Homs. At least 31 people died in shootings across Syria on Sunday, activists say.
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