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Syria warning over opposition group

Syria's foreign minister has warned the international community not to recognise a new council formed by the opposition, saying it is "illegitimate".

Walid al-Moallem has warned that Damascus will take measures against any country that recognises the Syrian National Council, but did not elaborate.

The creation of the broad-based council was announced last week in Turkey. It has not yet been recognised as a legal representative of the Syrian people by any country or international body.

Mr Al-Moallem told reporters that Damascus is a proponent of national dialogue and all opposition groups "are invited to participate for the future of Syria".

He criticised European countries where Syrian missions have recently been attacked by protesters, warning that if those nations do not abide by international agreements Syria will retaliate the same way.

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