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Cameron hints at arms support for Syrian rebels

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Britain could decide to supply weapons to rebels fighting Bashar Assad's regime in Syria, David Cameron suggested yesterday.

The Prime Minister suggested he could veto any extension to the EU's arms embargo if the situation did not improve.

Giving evidence to the Commons Liaison Committee, Mr Cameron was asked whether he thought the embargo would stay in place after it comes up for renewal in May. "I hope that we can persuade our European partners [and] if and when a further change becomes necessary, they will agree with us," he said.

"But if we can't, then it's not out of the question we might have to do things in our own way. It's possible."

He added: "I hope that wouldn't be the case. What I would like to do is continue with an EU approach."

European powers appear split on whether to escalate their involvement. France has already said it wants to help the rebels, while Germany is concerned that easing the embargo would cause more bloodshed.