Anna Macdonald, Head of Arms Control at Oxfam, on directly arming Syrian rebels.

Here’s what she had to say in a recent article for CNN:

‘ it would be far more likely to encourage an escalation of the violence, rather than do anything to end this brutal conflict . . . sending further arms into Syria would simply fuel the deadly arms race which is unfolding on Syrian soil, and it will be civilians who pay the highest price . . . More than a decade of working on arms trade issues has taught me that while it may be straight-forward to physically transfer weapons to anywhere in the world, it is far harder to monitor how they will be used — and whose hands they will ultimately end up in . . . though it will not be easy, diplomacy, not arms, has a more realistic prospect of bringing the violence to a halt’.

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