Regime bombardment of the town of al-Qusayr, near the Lebanese border, on Sunday
William Hague, the British Foreign Secretary, insisted today that there is a “compelling” case for lifting the EU arms embargo against Syria in order to provide further support to rebel groups and increase pressure on the regime.
In a statement to the Commons, he said:
The EU should give strong support to this diplomatic process, including by agreeing further amendments to the arms embargo without taking any decision at present about sending arms to the Syrian opposition.
....Changes to the embargo are not separate to the diplomatic work but essential to it. We must make clear that if the regime does not negotiate seriously at the Geneva conference, no option is off the table.
Hague added that arms would only be dispatched to rebels in coordination with other nations and only in "carefully controlled circumstances" to strengthen “moderates” and avoid the “current trajectory of extremism and murder.”