Britain increases the aid offered to the Syrian opposition and promises to supply chemical weapons testing kits and armored vehicles to the anti-government rebels.
“In our view if a political solution to the crisis in Syria is not found and the conflict continues, we and the rest of the European Union will have to be ready to move further, and we should not rule out any option for saving lives. The discussion is entirely focused on the degree of assistance that can and should be delivered to the opposition,” said Foreign Minister William Hague.
Still, Britain is prepared to offer communications equipment, waste incinerators to prevent disease, body armor, advice and training, reflecting London’s frustration regarding the pace of change in the region. Hague said that Britain is considering arming rebels if necessary and is prepared to act on its own if embargo amendments could not be agreed with the EU. Until now, 1 million refugees managed to flee the conflict and 70,000 people have been killed.
“What we face is not a choice between diplomacy on the one hand and practical assistance on the other: helping the opposition is crucial to bringing about a political transition and saving lives, and both must be pursued together,” he said.