Syria Arms Embargo By EU To Be Debated In London, Says UK Foreign Policy Chief
by Mark Duncan | on November 16, 2012
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LONDON — European nations are discussing whether to overturn an arms embargo on Syria and seeking to press Arab countries and the United States for a new impetus to end the deadly 20-month conflict, Britain’s foreign policy chief said Friday.
British Foreign Secretary William Hague met in London with Mouaz al-Khatib, head of the new Syrian National Coalition for Opposition and Revolutionary Forces, but said the U.K. would not yet join France in officially recognizing the opposition group as the representative of Syria’s people.
Officials from the U.S., France, Germany, Qatar, Turkey and other nations were attending meetings in London with the new opposition group, aimed at determining how better to support opponents of Syrian President Bashar Assad and to stress the need for the opposition fighters to respect human rights. ..Read more
“I hope this meeting today will mark a turning point for the Syrian people, that it will begin the major steps towards a political transition in Syria,” Hague said.
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