- 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
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.