From an earlier demonstration outside the Syrian Embassy in Stockholm. Photo: Anja Sahlberg/Sveriges Radio

Sweden not ready to expel Syrian ambassador

Seven major countries are expelling their Syrian ambassadors in response to the killing of 108 people in the Houla region last Friday. But Sweden is not. Foreign Minister Carl Bildt tells Swedish Radio News that the expulsion is easier for those countries that already have closed their embassies in Damascus.

"These countries have already left Damascus, so they won't feel the consequences of this. We have wanted to stay in Damascus because we have contacts with the opposition there. If we are to expel people [from Sweden] we will have to leave Damascus," Bildt says.

Bildt also points out that the EU is still represented in Syria and that there are discussions between the EU countries about it. "If this is good or bad is debateable, but to my mind we would rather want to get more observers in there at the moment," he says.

Ambassadors from all 27 EU countries will meet in Brussels today to discuss a possible co-ordination of the EU's relationship to the Syrian representatives.

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