Downing Street has stressed that no decision has yet been taken to arm Syrian rebels, after European Union foreign ministers last night lifted the embargo on supplying arms to the country's opposition. The Prime Minister's official spokesman said:
– Downing Street spokesman
The Prime Minister's view is that it is right that we have the flexibility to respond if the regime refused to negotiate. What we are doing is sending a signal, loud and clear, to the regime.
What we need is a transitional regime that is supported by both sides, including the Syrian National Coalition. As part of that process, Assad would have to go.