France's Fabius says Europe must drop Syria arms ban

By REUTERS
March 14, 2013 01:40




PARIS - French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius kept up his push on Wednesday for Europe to ditch a ban on supplying arms to Syria, saying stepping up help to the opposition was the only way to end the bloody two-year-old crisis.

"We must go further and allow the Syrian people to defend themselves against this bloody regime. It's our duty to help the Coalition, its leaders and the Free Syrian army by all means possible," Fabius wrote in the daily Liberation newspaper.

France and Britain want the European Union to amend an arms embargo that is part of a package of sanctions that rolls over every three months. "We must convince our partners, particularly in Europe, that we no longer have any other choice than to lift the embargo on arms to benefit the Coalition," Fabius said.


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