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Baroness Ashton, the EU's foreign affairs chief, said that any arms sent to Syria would be "intended for the protection of civilians."
William Hague said there was "no immediate decision to send arms."
The EU arms embargo on the Syrian opposition has ended but there is "no immediate decision" to supply weapons, William Hague said tonight.
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.
William Hague says the "limits are being reached" in Syria. The Foreign Secretary spoke as he arrived for a meeting with EU Foreign Ministers in Brussels. He wants to find common ground while pushing for the European Union's arms embargo on Syria to be lifted.
- The current embargo on Syria expires at the end of the month
- Europe's Foreign Ministers are due to thrash out a replacement package of measures
- The UK and France will argue for changes to allow the supply of arms to "moderate" rebels
- But other European nations are concerned about the danger of weapons falling into the wrong hands
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.
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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Fears are growing of an arms race in Syria after EU countries agreed they could arm rebels while Russia could give missiles to the regime.
Foreign Secretary William Hague said a "clear message" had been sent to Assad's regime after the EU decided to lift the Syrian arms embargo.