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Westerwelle warns Syria of tighter EU sanctions

The Local · 10 May 2011, 14:20

Published: 10 May 2011 14:20 GMT+02:00

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"The sanctions decided (by the EU) are a first step. If Damascus continues its crackdown, we will step up the pressure and we will tighten the sanctions," he said in a statement.

The EU published a list of 13 Syrian officials, including the younger brother of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, subject to sanctions for their involvement in repression.

Maher al-Assad, 43, head of the Republican Guard, was described as the prime mover of the crackdown on anti-government protestors.

The names of the officials hit by visa bans and assets freezes were published on Tuesday morning after the EU formally adopted the sanctions on Monday to punish the regime for a crackdown that human rights groups say has left hundreds dead.

The EU also imposed an arms embargo and a ban on the import of equipment that could be used for internal repression.

The sanctions were designed to bring about an immediate change of policy by the Syrian leadership, an end to violence and the swift introduction of, "genuine and comprehensive political reform," EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton

said on Monday.

"These sanctions are an unmistakable signal from Europe to Syrian leaders that they must immediately stop their brutal attacks on demonstrators and the abusive jailing of opponents," Westerwelle said on Tuesday.

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Diplomatic sources said the Syrian president was spared for now due to divisions within the EU over whether it was appropriate to target him.


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14:59 May 10, 2011 by Englishted
"The EU also imposed an arms embargo and a ban on the import of equipment that could be used for internal repression."

Too little too late, a warning from Westerwelle they must be quaking in their sandals.
17:52 May 10, 2011 by EastPrussia
"Genuine and comprehensive political reform"? Yes, economic sanctions are going to change the mind of a murderous regime in favor of "reform". Syria is already in a process of "reform" - destroying all political opponents is apprently in their definition of the word. The EU needs to decide for real action, or do nothing at all. Sanctions did not stop another other tyrant, why would it work now?
21:16 May 10, 2011 by ovalle3.14
Suddenly... fear.
06:45 May 11, 2011 by jmclewis
Assad ........ must have said who??????????? oh Yawn!!!!!!!! get me more tanks!!!!!!!
10:41 June 19, 2011 by Masmuka
I welcome every sanction against that government. Nobody is willing to come to Syria or take up trade with Syria anymore as long as Assad is still ruling here.

When all the savings of the people who earned very much in the last successful seasons are ended.....the country will collapse.......I think it will be at latest November.
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