EU renews sanctions on Syria
The European Union has agreed to continue sanctions on Syria as the arms embargo looks set to be partially lifted
The EU governments on Monday extended sanctions against Syria for a further three months but said they would amended an arms embargo to provide more non-lethal support and technical assistance to protect civilians.
A statement agreed by EU foreign ministers said the sanctions were renewed for three more months to end-May but that they were “amending them so as to provide greater non-lethal support and technical assistance for the protection of civilians.”
The decision, taken at an EU foreign ministers’ meeting, was a compromise after weeks of disagreement between Britain, which was pushing for an easing of the arms embargo to help rebels fighting President Bashar al-Assad, and a number of other EU countries opposed to letting more weapons into the country.
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