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EU mulls new sanctions on Syria

(Xinhua)

08:39, February 09, 2012

BRUSSELS, Feb. 8 (Xinhua) -- The European Union (EU) was studying on new sanctions against Syria, said a senior EU official on Wednesday.

The new sanctions which are expected to be adopted on the next EU foreign affairs council on February 27th includes asset freezing of the central bank of Syria, and import banning on noble metals, phosphate and oil, according to the official.

"Phosphate is one of the natural resources of Syria, and 40 percent of Syrian precious metals are exported to Europe, suspending these imports will have serious economic repercussions," said the official.

He said the member states reached agreement on principles but have still to work out the details.

The official also mentioned there is no common position to recall EU ambassadors from Syria.

Some member states including France, Britain, Belgium, Italy and Netherlands have taken the decision to recall their ambassadors for a limited period in order to collect more information, "but others refused to recall them as request from the Syrian opposition groups," he said.

Up to now, the total number of Syrian entities targeted by an EU sanction of asset freeze was 38 and the number of people subject to asset freeze and visa ban amounted to 108.

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Sam Teng at 2012-02-13175.136.54.*
The Syrian conflict has become more complicated. The West pushes for regime change and has now mulls new sanctions on Syria. Al-Qaeda leader, Zawahri has given his moral support to Syrian rebels. For once we are seeing that the West and Al-Qaeda have the same agenda against the Syrian regime; maybe each for a different reason. This shows the West is no different from Al-Qadae in wanting to topple the Assad regime. Then if the Assad regime is toppled and the Opposition takes over with Al-Qadae on thier side, where do the West stands? A conspirator with Al-Qadae to set up the new regime in Syria? Working with the terrorist group?
  

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