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EU won't lift Syria arms embargo, but offers rebels more aid

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European Union foreign ministers on Monday stopped short of meeting Britain's demand to lift an arms embargo on Syria but agreed to allow "non-lethal" aid and "technical assistance" to flow to the opposition. 

A rebel fighter walks through the Sit al-Ruba shopping street, ravaged and unused due to weeks of shelling, in the eastern city of Deir Ezzor, on February 16, 2013. European Union foreign ministers on Monday stopped short of meeting Britain's demand to lift an arms embargo on Syria but agreed to allow "non-lethal" aid and "technical assistance" to flow to the opposition.

"We would've gone further, some were against. This is a compromise," said British Foreign Secretary William Hague at the close of talks with his 26 EU counterparts. "We will return to it in three months."

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