Published March 12, 2013
LONDON – Prime Minister David Cameron has said that Britain may consider vetoing an extension of the European Union's arms embargo on Syria if the situation does not improve there.
The EU has a blanket embargo against shipping arms to Syria, though last month Britain persuaded the EU to soften the embargo and allow member states to provide non-lethal aid, such as armored vehicles, to the rebels fighting the regime of President Bashar Assad.
Both Britain and France support lifting the embargo further to allow weapons into Syria. The current EU embargo expires in May.
Cameron said Tuesday that "it's not out of the question we might have to do things in our own way," should Britain fail to persuade other EU members to allow weapons to be sent to the rebels.