Danish diplomat: EU likely to build up sanctions on Syria

February 16, 2012 20:23


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BRUSSELS - EU governments could supply Syrian rebels with communications equipment to help them organize against government troops, and are likely to continue building up sanctions against Damascus, according to a top Danish diplomat.

Denmark's foreign minister Villy Sovndal, whose country holds the EU's rotating presidency, told Reuters EU states would not provide arms to the Syrian opposition battling against a violent government assault -- echoing concerns in Washington about an arms race in Syria -- but could offer other help."The only thing I can exclude right now are any ideas about military intervention in Syria," he said, when asked if EU governments were prepared to offer Syrian rebels material help such as communications equipment.

"That might be a possibility," he added in the interview late on Wednesday. "It's not very clear to me exactly what that should be but I would not exclude anything but weapons."

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