- The Washington Times - Monday, February 18, 2013

British defense officials are pushing to end the arms embargo on rebel fighters in Syria as a means of speeding a path toward peace.

But European Union officials aren’t so enthusiastic with the idea. According to The Associated Press, several EU ministers questioned on the way to a meeting about Syria said they wouldn’t support the plan. The unnamed ministers did not have permission to speak on the record about closed-door meetings.

Britain has been lobbying for weeks to open the doors for rebel fighters to receive weapons from outside nations, as a way of fighting President Bashar Assad’s regime, AP reported.

An estimated 70,000 people have been killed in the Syrian uprising since March 2011, according to U.N. statistics.

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