No new military planning effort underway: US on Syria

SyriaNo new military planning effort underway: US on Syria. (Reuters)

Meanwhile the State Department said the decision of the European Union to lift arms embargo against the Syrian rebels will advance their shared goal of achieving an negotiated political settlement.

"This gives the flexibility to specific EU member states to assist the opposition in a way that each sees fit under their own national decision making.

"We are working in the London 11 with this group of core supporters of the Syrian opposition, and this allows others to continue to accelerate that assistance to the opposition," State Department spokesperson Patrick Ventrell said at his daily news conference.

"It is our position that a negotiated political settlement is the way to -- the most durable solution to this conflict.

"But in terms of what assistance is being provided by groups of the London 11, we're providing non-lethal assistance, and others are providing different kinds of help,

but we're doing so in a coordinated fashion," he said.

The UN reiterated its position of not arming any groups in Syria and favored a political settlement.

The Deputy UN Spokesperson Eduardo Del Buey has said the position of the United Nations had been principled and consistent throughout this conflict, and that the UN believes a military solution is not the answer to the Syrian conflict.

He said the UN took note of the passing of the EU decision and the explicit reference to consult the Secretary General, and that nothing would be delivered prior to the US-Russia initiative.

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