Germany: EU right not to arm Syria rebels, risks too high

LONDON - The European Union was right not to arm anti-government fighters in Syria as doing so would risk regional "conflagration," Germany said on Thursday, highlighting divisions in the region over how to handle the Syrian crisis.
"The decision of the EU not to lift in total the embargo was wise and was right. But it is necessary to show more flexibility and to understand that we have of course to support the ... opposition in a responsible way," German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle told reporters at a briefing in London.
"We have to avoid a conflagration in the whole region," he added.