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Bildt opposes arming Syrian rebels

Published fredag 14 juni 2013 kl 16.17
Foreign minister Carl Bildt

Sweden's Foreign Minister says that arming the rebels in Syria could lead to an arms race. "There's a risk that that would undermine the conditions for a political process," Bildt says to news agency TT.

The USA says it has evidence that the Syrian government has used chemical weapons in the country's civil war, and the UK is also convinced. This makes military intervention by western countries more likely, despite Syrian denials.

But Sweden says that US aid to rebels and Russian aid to the Syrian regime would have "even more serious humanitarian consequences." Sweden supports a block on weapons sales to Syria.

A Swedish professor, Åke Sellström, is the head of the UN team in charge of finding chemical weapons in Syria. So far the team has not been able to enter the country. News agency AP reports that US Deputy National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes says he is keeping professor Sellström briefed on what evidence the US has uncovered.

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