EU ministers gather to ‘stop the killing’ in Syria

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Foreign ministers with the European Union are meeting to find consensus on how the global community might stop the violence in Syria.

Debate ranges, The Associated Press reports. Some favor a change in the EU’s arms embargo to let weapons be sent to rebel forces who are trying to oust President Bashar Assad’s regime, AP says. Britain, for example, wants the ability to supply rebels with weapons.

Others, meanwhile, oppose weapons for rebel fighters. Catherine Ashton, the EU’s foreign policy chief, would rather use politics and diplomacy, AP says.

“We need to stop the killing,” she said Monday, AP reports.

Her push for continued diplomacy comes as the United Nations estimated 70,000 have been killed in the conflict so far.

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