Downing Street: EU arms embargo is 'backfiring'

EU leaders are concerned that a move from David Cameron and Francois Hollande to lift the Syria arms ban could escalate the Syrian crisis, by putting weapons in the hands of the wrong rebel groups.

A Downing Street 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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