PM: Lift Syria rebels arms ban

David Cameron and French president Francois Hollande will press the EU today to lift an arms embargo against Syria, and unblock military aid to rebels fighting the Assad regime.

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Cameron and Hollande 'locked in talks' over Syria arms

Syria was not even on the agenda at this summit, so it is a measure on how fast this situation is moving.

Within moments of arriving there, President Hollande and David Cameron were locked in talks about how best they could move the EU leaders they were joining with to reconsider the position on EU sanctions, sanctions that were only reviewed three weeks ago.

Shortly after that meeting, we were told there was going to be an additional piece of business added to the agenda tomorrow, and that was going to be whether or not there was a way to move forward, so that the EU could support the rebel fighters in Syria.

There's a feeling here, whilst there is a belief that the Assad regime are getting weaponry, there's no way to support the civilians who are being attacked by that weaponry. That's why they feel it is so important they review the position.

There is of course major concern on how to keep arms in safe hands and not falling into Islamist fighters' hands. Germany are extremely reticent about moving into a position where they start to supply arms.

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