Future effects of lifting of arms embargo discussed

Diplomatic sources who assessed the issue of the arms embargo said "EU may choose to stand back, if progress is recorded for the political solution in Syria, otherwise, the EU will harden its attitude by August 1."

Future effects of lifting of arms embargo discussed

World Bulletin/News Desk

After the foreign ministers of EU countries failed to agree on the extension of the arms embargo for the Syrian opposition, which means embargo has been lifted "legally", dispatching arms to Syrian opposition has become "an object of interest."

EU foreign ministers discussed on Monday the arms embargo which will expire on May 31 for Syrian opposition. During the meeting, although the majority was in favor of the embargo, the extension of the embargo could not be decided on because of France and Britain not being persuaded.

Disagreement among the EU countries has paved the way to the lifting of the embargo as of June 1.

While the member states made a commitment for not sending weapons until August 1, the EU High Representative of the Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Catherine Ashton said they would review the decision before that date.

Diplomatic sources who assessed the issue of the arms embargo said "EU may choose to stand back, if progress is recorded for the political solution in Syria, otherwise, the EU will harden its attitude by August 1."

Arms delivery to Syria from its neighbouring and allied countries

Deputy President of International Strategic Reserach Organization (USAK) Kamer Kasim said, "This decision cannot be interpreted as EU will send arms to the oppositions immediately." 

Stating that the countries supporting the embargo decision would not send arms and would continue to lobby, Kasim said "This meeting had already give the message that the EU cannot be a single voice in the foreign policy in a milieu where debates on EU are still continuing."

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