Topic: Protests in Syria
BRUSSELS, May 28 (RIA Novosti) – The European Union has scrapped the arms embargo on the Syrian opposition but extended sanctions against the Syrian government after June 1, British Foreign Secretary William Hague said.
Hague spoke late on Monday after a day-long meeting of the 27 EU foreign ministers in Brussels that reportedly failed to block the UK and France's push toward supplying Syrian rebels with weapons.
"It was important for Europe to send a clear signal to the [Syrian President Bashar] Assad regime that it has to negotiate seriously, and that all options remain on the table if it refuses to do so," Hague said in a statement.
According to the Associated Press, 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 [in Syria] continues to deteriorate,” the Associated Press quoted Hague as saying.
EU Foreign Policy Chief Catherine Ashton confirmed on Monday that from now on every EU member country has the right to make its own decision on arms exports to Syria.
She affirmed that any arms sent to Syria would be "intended for the protection of civilians," and added that the European Union governments would review the position on Syria sanctions before August 1.
The EU foreign ministers also supported the Russian-US initiative to hold an international conference in Geneva on facilitating a peaceful settlement to the Syrian crisis.
The European Union imposed economic and political sanctions against Assad's regime in 2011.
The sanctions include an arms exports embargo as well as travel bans and asset freezes on more than 120 individuals and 40 companies.
The EU has also banned crude oil imports from Syria and has blocked trade in gold, precious metals and diamonds with Syrian public bodies and the central bank.
According to latest UN estimates, at least 80,000 people have been killed and more than 700,000 have been forced to flee Syria since the revolt against Assad’s regime began in March 2011.
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- bielecNow we know who sponsors terrorists08:00, 28/05/2013And what would the UK or any European government do, if armed rebels started to kill people and attack government officials in an attempt to destabilize their countries? They would never negociate with the criminals. They would immediately declare them "terrorists", a threat to national security, and would promptly orchestrate a military response.
This is exactly what Assad is doing - he is restoring law and order in a country torn to pieces by bloody attacks of so called "rebels" led by terrorists, criminals and foreign mercenaries, and sponsored by pro-zionist governments of Western countries.
This latest initiative by UK and France is a crime against peace and a war crime. It should be dealt with by International Criminal Court. The fact that it is not, proves the extent of infiltration, corruption, and fascist tendencies in European powerhouses.
- moistSo now Russia Brics and...09:39, 28/05/2013..the rest of the free non-anglo-american-zionist world can feel free to not only supply the Syrian people and their army with weapons but also assist in manpower. This decision was expected since SAA are about to mop up israel/NATO´s mercenaries and also have cut off their supply lines. Keep those borders closed then the only way in for the Zionist mercenary rats to get those €USSR weapons is through "israel" and that will start a war they really wasn´t hoping for, yet another war for the Zionist abomination and WW3...
- moistAnd a really telling story too...09:45, 28/05/2013...€USSR and ZUSA supporting the very same cannibals, bandits and murderers they "fight" elsewhere.
Now the oh so high priestess of neo-liberalism and Baroness Ashton can order a fresh Syrian heart for breakfast and some for the royal house too.
- robin(no title)13:03, 28/05/2013Once more the senselessness and stupidity of these countries with their economy in ruins see salvation in the selling of arms to the mercenaries in Syria. They just want a direct sell to the opposition instead of using the Qatar and Saudis intermediaries. Now Qatar and the Saudis will pay directly to the UK, France, the Zionist entity and the USA for weapons. A lot of pressure is exerted by the Zionist entity to destroy Syria..
These people that control the EU just defend their livelihood and without shame support more murder in Syria. These politically gambling countries are like those addicted gamblers that although loosing big amounts of money they still think that gambling more money will eventually hit luck and get back all their money lost. They indeed believe that a destroyed Syria will be a big business in reconstructing Syria by Western companies and indeed recovering their money invested in this murderous war. Shame to the EU and, shame to that puppet and parrot woman!
The US civil war in the 18th century lasted 4-years and kill nearly 1-million people.
I hope Russia will stand the pressure of these crook countries and reject all that deceiving rhetoric of caring about the people of Syria.
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