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Minister: EU leaders fail to agree on Syria arms embargo

EU governments have failed to reach an agreement on easing an arms embargo on Syria to help rebels fighting President Bashar al-Assad, Austrian Foreign Minister Michael Spindelegger said today.

"I regret that after long talks it was not possible to find a compromise with the UK and France," he said.

EU foreign ministers have been meeting in Brussels to bridge their differences over the issue, with Britain and France pushing to allow European governments to deliver arms.

Discussions are continuing into the evening.

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Supplying Syria weapons could 'add fuel to the fire'

We are concerned that supplying arms to the opposition won't level the playing field, in fact it will fuel a deadly arms race that will have even worse consequences for civilians.

The millions of people suffering in Syria right now don't need more arms, they need aid.

Providing more arms in times of conflict is simply adding fuel to the fire, it's fanning the flames of conflict and making the situation much worse.

– Anna Macdonald, Oxfam, speaking to BBC Radio 4


Britain to urge for Syria arms ban to be lifted

The UK will push for the European Union's arms embargo on Syria to be lifted to allow the potential supply of weapons to forces opposed to Bashar Assad's regime.

Forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad seen during an operation in Aleppo Credit: Reuters

At a meeting in Brussels today, Foreign Secretary William Hague will argue there is a "compelling" case for easing the restrictions in order to strengthen the rebels' position.

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