EU to freeze assets of Syrian central bank
Friday 24 February 2012
The European Union will freeze the assets of Syria's central bank at its
meeting on Monday, the French foreign minister said today, in the
latest effort to pressure Syria to halt its bloody crackdown on an
11-month-old uprising against President Bashar al-Assad.
Alain Juppe made the announcement at a conference being held in Tunisia for the "Friends of Syria," in which some 60 countries gathered to call for an end to the fighting in Syria.
"On Monday we will take strong new measure, notably freezing the assets of the Syrian Central Bank," said Juppe to the delegates during the closed session. The comments were later released.
Juppe encouraged other countries to follow the European Union's lead and deepen their sanctions against the Assad regime.
The EU has already imposed sanctions targeting more than 70 people and 19 organizations, but have so far failed to stop the Damascus' crackdown.
Officials have also said that a joint UN-Arab League peacekeeping force will be planned to police the eventual cease-fire agreement. The conference is calling for the implementing of an Arab League initiative that provides for Assad to step down.
- 1 I was a Woman Against Feminism too
- 2 Students offered grants if they tweet pro-Israeli propaganda
- 3 The Tory donor whose firm is one of Britain’s biggest tax avoiders - with HMRC's blessing
- 4 John Barrowman praised for Commonwealth Games opening ceremony gay kiss
Peaches Geldof cause of death: Socialite had taken fatal dose of heroin after years of addiction, inquest concludes
Vladimir Putin employs a full-time food taster to ensure his meals aren't poisoned
Peaches Geldof: Her final day – and her fatal decision
Israel-Gaza conflict: Israel may have committed war crimes, says UN human rights chief
John Barrowman praised for Commonwealth Games opening ceremony gay kiss
Malaysia Airlines MH17 crash: Vladimir Putin is given 'one last chance' to end hostilities in Ukraine
The 'scroungers’ fight back: The welfare claimants battling to alter stereotypes
The truth about conspiracy theories is that some require considering
Malaysia Airlines MH17 crash: Ukrainian military jet was flying close to passenger plane before it was shot down, says Russian officer
Malaysia Airlines MH17 crash: Massive rise in sale of British arms to Russia
Malaysia Airlines MH17 crash: victims’ bodies bundled in black bags and loaded onto trains
£30000 - £38500 Per Annum + 25 days holiday, pension, subsidised restaurant: C...
£34000 - £37000 Per Annum + excellent benefits: Clearwater People Solutions Lt...
£40000 - £45000 per annum + Pension, Holiday, Flexi-time: Progressive Recruitm...
£280 - £320 per day: Progressive Recruitment: C#, WinForms, Desktop Developmen...