Britain Could Break or Veto EU Arms Embargo on Syria
With the European Union’s current arms embargo on Syria running out in three months time, foreign Ministers from across Europe have been meeting today to discuss an extension or amendment. With deep divides in the positions of different countries the British Prime Minister David Cameron, who has been pushing hard for the EU to allow the arming of Syrian rebels, has said that he may break the embargo or veto its renewal.
The EU arms embargo on Syria was last renewed on March 1st, when Britain won an agreement to allow the supply of body armour, armoured vehicles, and other ‘non-lethal’ aid to rebels in Syria.
When asked whether Britain would use its veto to force a lapse in the current embargo when it expires at the start of June Mr Cameron told a parliamentary committee that “I hope that we can persuade our European partners, if and when a further change becomes necessary, they will agree with us. But if we can’t, then it’s not out of the question we might have to do things in our own way. It’s possible.”
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