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Storbritannias utenriksminister William Hague tvang sine kolleger til å godta en opphevelse av våpenembargoen av Syria. Fra 1. juni vil det være lov å sende våpen til opprørerne. Men hvordan sikre at de faller i de rette hender?

Hague sa britene ville samarbeide med andre land. De som leverer våpen til opprørerne er Qatar og Saudi-Arabia og de forsyner salafistene. Sannheten er at britene eller andre ikke har noen kontroll med hvor våpnene havner.

Det uroer mange andre medlemsland.

Hvorfor var Hague så pågående? Handler han på vegne av USA, som er bundet innenrikspolitisk?

Vedtaket er merkelig, all den stund det kan komplisere neste måneds store konferanse om Syria. Vil Assad stille på en konferanse etter at EU har vedtatt å forsyne hans mostandere med våpen?

EU countries are free to ship arms to Syria from 1 June onward in an ugly compromise after 14 hours of talks in Brussels.

The deal is to see all other sanctions – including visa bans, asset freezes and a prohibition on buying oil from regime-linked firms – extended for one year.

It comes with a political declaration that nobody will deliver weapons «at this stage.»

It also comes with a promise to send arms «for the protection of civilians» only.

But it does not hide the fact that from June each member state will create its own Syria arms rules because they could not agree a joint approach.

The talks saw a clash between British foreign minister William Hague and Austria’s Michael Spindelegger.

France supported the UK, but took a back seat when its minister left early for another meeting in Paris.

Hague told press afterward: «We have brought an end to the EU arms embargo on the opposition.»

He said: «This decision gives us the flexibility in future to respond to a worsening situation or the refusal of the [Syrian leader’s] Assad regime to negotiate.»

When asked how to ensure Islamic extremists do not get weapons, he added: «We would only take the step of sending arms in concert with other nations, in carefully controlled circumstances and in compliance with international law.»

Den sekteriske dreiningen krigen har tatt gjør at de fleste har konkludert med at det vil være galskap å bli involvert. Våpenleveranser betyr at du blir involvert.

Robert Baer, a former CIA officer in the Middle East who now writes on security issues for Time magazine, said anyone who gets involved in Syria risks getting bogged down for years.

«When has it ever been wise to intervene in a civil war? This is the mother of all civil wars,» he noted.

«The best thing is to let them bleed it out. That’s what happened in Lebanon. The Lebanese got tired of killing each other with no reward for their pain. That’s where the Syria conflict is heading,» he added, referring to the 1975-1990 Lebanon war.

 

http://euobserver.com/foreign/120273