EU extends sanctions against Syria   2011-08-02 14:38:51 FeedbackRSS

BEIJING, Aug. 2 (Xinhuanet) -- The European Union, has decided to extend sanctions against Syria, imposing asset freezes and travel bans, on five more Syrian officials. The EU says, the sanctions are imposed, in view, of the grave situation.

The EU's move came after more violence broke out in Syria over the weekend.

The decision brings the number of individuals targeted by the EU to 35, including President Bashar al-Assad.

Four government entities are also on the list.

Michael Mann, a spokesman for Catherine Ashton, the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs, said it was "completely unjustifiable for the Syrian authorities to open fire on peaceful civilians."

He said,"We call upon the Assad regime to stop all violence against the citizens, to embrace reform. It's been talking about reform but hasn't actually done anything yet, and we want them to have a proper inclusive dialogue with the opposition. That is the only way to get out of this crisis."


Editor: Zhang Xiang
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