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article imageDavid Cameron may veto extensions to EU's arms embargo on Syria

By Paul Iddon     Mar 12, 2013 in World
British PM David Cameron has said his country will consider vetoing any extension that may be put on the European Union-implemented arms embargo on Syria.
The renewal of this EU embargo will be in May. Cameron stated quite strongly today that the UK was "still an independent country" and on this issue it is "not out of the question we may have to do things in our own way." (Reuters, March 12 2013)
His government has already given pledges to the ragtag rebel opposition currently fighting against Bashar al-Assad so-called millions of dollars worth of "non-lethal" aid which will consist of, among other things, armored vehicles to aid them in their struggle and to, as William Hague claimed, "save lives."
As previously reported by Digital Journal yesterday France and Germany, two of the most influential and powerful countries within the European Union, are divided over how to address the crisis in Syria. France supports arming the rebels and 'leveling the playing field' whilst Germany is supporting a more humanitarian approach that will not include providing the opposition with arms.
France supports the United Kingdom in its call for the easing of the restrictions that this embargo poses.
On the embargo Cameron asserts that, "It's worth standing back and asking 'Why are we doing this?'. It seems that if we want to help bring about a transition in Syria, we have to work with opposition groups." He went on to say that the current policy the EU is taking towards Syria, vis-a-vie the arms embargo, and not intervening may have the following affect, "It may be," he said, "that doing nothing will see the level of Jihadism get worse." (BBC News, March 12 2013)
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