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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Cheryl Chumley is a continuous news writer for The Washington Times. Previously, she was part of the start-up team for The Washington Times’ digital aggregation product, Times247. She’s also a 2008-2009 Robert Novak journalism fellow with The Phillips Foundation. She can be reached at email@example.com.
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