EU Ends Arms Embargo on Syrian Rebels
But no immediate plans to send arms
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted May 27, 2013 5:36 PM CDT
British Foreign Secretary William Hague, left, talks with Belgium's Foreign Minister Didier Reynders, during the EU foreign ministers meeting, at the European Council building in Brussels, Monday, May...   (Yves Logghe)

(Newser) – British Foreign Secretary William Hague says the European Union has decided to lift the arms embargo on the Syrian opposition while maintaining all other sanctions against Bashar Assad's regime after June 1. Hague said after a meeting today that the decision "sends a very strong message from Europe to the Assad regime."

The all-day meeting laid bare EU hesitation on feeding arms in a foreign conflict only months after it won the Nobel Peace Prize. Hague insisted that Britain had "no immediate plans to send arms to Syria. It gives us flexibility to respond in the future if the situation continues to deteriorate."

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sobe
May 28, 2013 9:17 AM CDT
So the EU has decided to arm al-Qaeda. And they wonder why we are on neverending wars with terrorists.
reallybig
May 28, 2013 9:05 AM CDT
TRUTH BE TOLD ..... The US, England, and France, want to give the shoulder fired anti-aircraft missiles to the anti-Assad fighters .. and are training anti-Assad fighters to use them, in Jordan .. to ground the Syrian Air force planes and helicopters .. the ones that got Ambassador Stevens assassinated for in Benghazi. on 09-11-2012. My opinion? ... if they show up in Syria .. we'll know the (CIA) assassinated Stevens. ------------- REALLY
HANKHILL
May 28, 2013 8:45 AM CDT
not a "GOOD THING" to do at all! fubo fubar!