The UK Government's arguments in favour of easing the EU arms embargo when the sanctions expire at the end of the month have been leaked in a document.
The British discussion paper sets out two options:
- Lift the arms embargo against the Syrian National Coalition completely
- Remove the words "non-lethal" from a list of exemptions, clearing the way for weapons to be sent to the country
The rationale behind exploring all the options, which is what we have long been saying with regard to the arms embargo, is the fact that we need to continue to, as part of pushing for a political solution, increase the pressure on the Assad regime. That's why we think that is the right thing to do.
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