The European Union will review its cooperation with Syria, including the aid it provides through the European Neighborhood Policy Instrument, amid the continuing violence in the Middle Eastern country, a senior EU official has announced.

EU foreign affairs chief Catherine Ashton condemned the “unacceptable violence against peaceful demonstrators and the increasing number of fatalities” in the country.

“The EU urges the Syrian Government to address the legitimate demands of the Syrian people through political reforms which must be brought forward and implemented without delay in the framework of a process of inclusive national dialogue,” Ashton said in a statement, also announcing that the EU is considering an arms embargo on Syria.

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