Britain to provide more 'non-lethal support' to Syria rebels
Britain will provide more "non-lethal support" for Syria's rebels as the bloodshed inside the country worsens, William Hague, the Foreign Secretary, said.
In the aftermath of Kofi Annan's resignation as peace envoy – which Mr Hague termed a "bleak moment, not only for the country's people but for our diplomatic efforts" – Britain would do more to hasten the downfall of President Bashar al-Assad's regime.
A European Union arms embargo prevents the export of weapons to any party in Syria's conflict, but Britain is helping the rebels in other ways. "Given the scale of death and suffering and the failure so far of the diplomatic process, we will, over the coming weeks, increase our practical but non-lethal support," said Mr Hague. "We have helped them with communications and matters of that kind, and we will help them more."
But the Foreign Secretary ruled out sending armaments.
Posted by: Steve White