The European Union (EU) on 27 May agreed a 1-year renewal of restrictive financial and economic measures against Syria. But it failed to agree on amending an arms embargo and allowed a ban on arming the Syrian opposition to expire. The latter came after Britain and France brought their pressure to bear.

However these two countries made a commitment not to deliver arms to the opposition at least until 1 August. EU sanctions that have been renewed include restrictions on financing of certain enterprises, restrictions on infrastructure projects and financial support for trade, and the freezing of funds and economic resources, as well as travel bans on key Syrian officials. (CONTINUED - 908 WORDS)