France, Germany at odds over lifting Syrian arms embargo

By REUTERS
March 11, 2013 21:14

BRUSSELS - France urged the European Union to look again at lifting an arms embargo on Syria to help rebels fighting President Bashar Assad, putting it at odds with Germany which said such a step could spread conflict in the region.

Highlighting the different approaches of two of the European Union's heavyweights, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius on Monday said lifting the arms embargo would help level the playing field in the two-year-old conflict in which 70,000 people have died.

But his German counterpart, Guido Westerwelle, said after a meeting of EU foreign ministers in Brussels that such a move could lead to a proliferation of weapons in the region and spark a proxy war.


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