The leader of Syria's new opposition coalition urged European states to recognise it as the legitimate government, to enable it to buy weapons to try and overthrow President Assad.
Mouaz Alkhatib, the Damascus preacher elected on Sunday to lead the new Syrian National Coalition, asked for diplomatic backing. He told Reuters:
I request European states to grant political recognition to the coalition as the legitimate representative of the Syrian people and to give it financial support.
When we get political recognition, this will allow the coalition to act as a government and hence acquire weapons and this will solve our problems.
Thousands more refugees pour across the border to escape the war in Syria, whilst Turkey says the conflict is threatening their security.
A suggestion that David Cameron has gone "out on a limb" over Syria has been rejected by his official spokesman.