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Merkel pledges more EU sanctions against Syria

Published: 14 Feb 2012 17:49 GMT+01:00

The EU supports the Arab League's action to try to end the bloodshed in Syria and will "also support (it) through further sanctions", Merkel told reporters, speaking alongside Arab League Secretary General Nabil al-Arabi.

The 22-member pan-Arab bloc agreed Sunday to ask the United Nations to send a joint peacekeeping force to Syria, where activists say more than 6,000 people have died in a brutal crackdown on dissent since March.

The embattled government of President Bashar al-Assad swiftly rejected the initiative.

"What happens in Syria now is something that we in the Arab League should stop. The killing should stop," Arabi told reporters. "The main focus of the resolution that was adopted three days ago... was to stop the killing right now."

The EU plans to adopt a new round of sanctions against Assad's regime on February 27, according to EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton's spokesman Michael Mann.

Diplomats said last week that EU government representatives had endorsed three new measures, including an assets freeze against the central bank, a ban on Syrian phosphate exports and a prohibition on trading gold and gems.

The EU on Monday backed the Arab League call for a UN peacekeeping mission in Syria although France warned any foreign military action there would only worsen the situation.

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Your comments about this article

19:00 February 14, 2012 by carlm
Wow, more sanctions, this will really make Bashar Assad think twice about slaughtering more his countrymen.

What a shame Germans and Europeans lack the courage and conviction, not to mention military might, to do the right thing and go down and kill that monster. Typical liberals, real good about denouncing and hand wringing, not so good at doing the right thing. Thank God we've still got a potent military and millions of privately owned guns here in the US and don't have to rely on deadbeats like the Europeans.
22:19 February 14, 2012 by 1TruthTeller
From contacts in Syria, and you can take this or leave it. It doesn't change the facts: Syria is being assailed by US & israeli paid mercenaries, fact. The controlled media is portraying this as Assad murdering his people, a la Gaddafi, a la Hussein and a la whoever they don't like.

China and Russia know this, and refuse to play the game, and they're being unjustly criticized for it. This is just a step to get Iran, pure and simple.

100% of what is shown on the MSM is bovine excrement, and TheLocal is no better. That Angie Merkel says the BS she does on this issue shows that those who toe the US/israeli line on this are either willfully ignorant, or benefit from it. Pure and simple.

And while the German Foreign Minister stated of late that, in this current ME upheaval, he security of israel was of primary importance to Germany, he obviously spoke only for his cabal. I reckon most folks here don't care. If it's such a priority for Germany, then the message Berlin should drill into Avigdor Liebermann's head is simple: "Make peace with, and learn to get along with, your neighbours. And stop meddling in other peoples' countries."
22:29 February 14, 2012 by Englishted
@carlm

1 Take one of those private guns.

2 place in you mouth.

3 pull the trigger.

Thank you
22:34 February 14, 2012 by carlm
Thanks for clearing things up Truth Teller, sounds like you've got some real reliable contacts on the scene.
23:10 February 14, 2012 by bobmarchiano
Lets see Your telling me your going to freeze my assets on February

27th so I will be sure to move them before then.

HOW STUPID can the UN be and WHY is Germany and the EU taking

so long Just do it Today
05:57 February 15, 2012 by MunchingInMuenchen
How many European's does it take to screw in a light bulb? One - Angela Merkel. She stands still holding the bulb and all of Europe revolves around her.
08:12 February 15, 2012 by Englishted
MunchingInMuenchen

Nice one :-)
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