Spain will defend its position before its European Union partners Monday of lifting the arms embargo on the Syrian opposition with conditions, proposing that weapons deliveries not be made until the outcome of the upcoming peace conference in Geneva is known.

"What we are proposing is that the decision be adopted, that it be an element of pressure in the negotiations, giving an opportunity to the dialogue," Spanish Foreign Minister Jose Manuel Garcia-Margallo said on his arrival for the EU meeting in Brussels.

Spain wants to maintain the sanctions against the Syrian government but with modifications to allow the delivery of "defensive materiel to protect civil society," Garcia-Margallo said.

Arms deliveries should be made on a "case by case (basis) to prevent their falling into the wrong hands," the foreign minister said.

The EU must make a decision by Friday, when the existing sanctions imposed on Syria are due to expire. EFE