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The European Union is split over its position on the Syria conflict. France and Britain want to deliver weapons to the opposition while other EU countries want to maintain an embargo. Non-EU country Russia is also set against ending a ban on weapons shipments.

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The situation in the region is growing steadily more unstable with Hezbollah’s announcement in Lebanon that it would fight to support the Syrian regime.

Syria’s opposition is far from being a united force and is still divided despite efforts by some member of the international community. Together with Hezbollah’s pledge of support does that mean events are slowly turning in Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s favor?

The international community still has no common position on Syria as the latest discussions on ending the arms embargo have shown. When the embargo runs out on Friday each EU nation can decide for itself for what it will do next. For many observers that is an indication of how badly Brussels is dealing with the situation.

An international peace conference on Syria is due to begin in Geneva in June with the US and Russia as mediators. What are the chances a common approach will be found? Will Syria’s conflict spread beyond its borders and will Assad remain in power after all?