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France, UK to arm Syria militants: Paris

Iran Press TV

Thu Mar 14, 2013 9:9AM GMT

France and the UK will send weapons to the militants in Syria despite an arms embargo which forbids the EU states from such an action, France says.

French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said on Thursday that Paris and London are planning to ask for the date of the next EU meeting on the Syria arms embargo to be moved up, adding that they will arm the militants even if an agreement is not reached.

During an interview with France Info radio, Fabius said that Paris and London request “the Europeans now to lift the embargo so that the resistance fighters have the possibility of defending themselves.”

On Wednesday, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov warned his British counterpart William Hague that arming the militants in Syria was in violation of international law.

“International law does not allow, does not permit supplies of arms to non-governmental actors and in our point of view it is a violation of international law,” Lavrov said.

Meanwhile, a recent report by UK-based Save the Children says that the militants in Syria are using children as "porters, runners and human shields.”

The report also said one monitoring group had documented the “deaths of at least 17 children associated with armed groups” since the start of the conflict in Syria two years ago.


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