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EU Extends Sanctions Against Syria Regime

EU Extends Sanctions Against Syria Regime

Saturday, 18 May, 2019 - 08:45
FILE PHOTO: European Union flags fly outside the European Commission headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, March 6, 2019. REUTERS/Yves Herman/File Photo
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The Council of the European Union has extended until June 1, 2020 sanctions imposed on the Syrian regime.

The Council said in a statement, a copy of which was obtained by Asharq Al-Awsat, that the decision was in line with the EU strategy on Syria.

“The EU decided to maintain its restrictive measures against the Syrian regime and its supporters as the repression of civilian population continues,” it said on Friday.

“The Council also removed 5 deceased persons from the list, as well as one entity which ceased to exist and one entity for which there were no longer grounds to keep it under restrictive measures. The list now includes 270 persons and 70 entities targeted by a travel ban and an asset freeze for being responsible for the violent repression against the civilian population in Syria, benefiting from or supporting the regime, and/or being associated with such persons or entities,” said the statement.

“More broadly, sanctions currently in place against Syria include an oil embargo, restrictions on certain investments, a freeze of the assets of the Syrian central bank held in the EU, export restrictions on equipment and technology that might be used for internal repression as well as on equipment and technology for the monitoring or interception of internet or telephone communications,” it added.

EU sanctions were first imposed on December 1, 2011 and are subject to an annual review.

“The EU remains committed to finding a lasting and credible political solution to the conflict in Syria as defined in the UN Security Council resolution 2254 and in the 2012 Geneva Communique,” said the Council.

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