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Latvia not supply weapons to Syria - foreign minister

June 06, 2013, 17:43 UTC+3
In an interview with the Ekho Moskvy radio station on Thursday, Rinkevics said, “I disagree that we [the European Union] are unable to extend the embargo on supplies”
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MOSCOW, June 6 (Itar-Tass) - Latvia will not supply weapons to Syria, Latvian Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkevics said.

In an interview with the Ekho Moskvy radio station on Thursday, Rinkevics said, “I disagree that we [the European Union] are unable to extend the embargo on supplies.”

“The Council of Foreign Ministers had a very long discussion and there was a dilemma. On the one hand, we see that there are many countries, which supply weapons to Syria, and this does not facilitate the settlement of the conflict, on the other hand, there is the opposition, which is disparate,” the Latvian foreign minister said.

“We take the weighty position on this issue. We believe that the European Union should supply weapons to nobody and we think that it is necessary to extend the embargo.” “In addition, we realise that if the situation in Syria does not change for a certain period of time, and if others do not supply weapons, for example to the government, and to any opposition groups, we should return to this problem,” the minister stressed.

“A decision on possible supplies to Syria by certain EU countries is being postponed. We’ll wait for the Geneva conference,” Rinkevics said.

“I hope that the conference will yield positive results. If no, I’m afraid that the position in the EU changes and our stance as well, but our approach will be rather weighty,” the Latvian minister said.

 

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