October 12, 2011
The protest gathering came a day after Mussa al-Koni, a member of Libya’s ruling National Transitional Council (NTC), said in a news conference in Tripoli that “the NTC has decided to recognize the Syrian National Council as the sole legitimate government in Syria and to close the Syrian embassy in Tripoli.”
Syrians, however, consider the move as a way for NATO to recognize the Syrian National Council (SNC), an umbrella body formally set up on October 2 in Turkey, pulling together most of the groups opposing the Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
The European Union has also welcomed the newly formed Syrian opposition council, but stopped short of any call to recognize the body.
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