Syria: Merkel; reservations over lifting arms embargo

Sources, French and British position minority at EU summit

15 March, 14:17

Angela Merkel speaks during a press conference at the end of the European Council Summit in Brussels Angela Merkel speaks during a press conference at the end of the European Council Summit in Brussels

(ANSAmed) - BRUSSELS - German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Friday said she has reservations on lifting a weapons embargo on Syria. 'The situation in Syria is difficult, the hypothesis of lifting an embargo on weapons will be discussed by EU foreign ministers in Dublin next week, we have reservations along with others while France and Great Britain have changed ideas', said Merkel after the EU summit.

Spanish sources in Brussels confirmed that the position of Paris and London in favour of lifting the arms embargo in Syria to help the anti-regime opposition is a minority among 27 EU members. The issue, which was initially not included in the agenda of talks, will be discussed at the request of France and Britain. Countries opposing the end of the embargo fear that the situation in the whole region could get more complicated, in particular in relation to Lebanon, Iran and Turkey.(ANSAmed).

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