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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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EU arms embargo 'backfiring' on Syrian rebels

The European Union's arms embargo is "backfiring", a Downing Street official said today, after French President Francois Hollande and David Cameron held one-to-one talks on arming Syrian rebels. The official said:

There is a perversity about the EU arms embargo... it is backfiring. The embargo does not stop those aiding Assad, but it does stop those who want to help the opposition.

We are not considering going ahead (with arming the rebels) while the current arms embargo is in place. What we want is to start the discussion about changing the arms embargo.

– Downing Street official

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