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Syria remains defiant despite new EU sanctions

(Xinhua)

08:02, October 16, 2012

LUXEMBOURG, Oct. 15 (Xinhua) -- The European Union (EU) on Monday enhanced restrictive measures against Syria, citing the intensifying violence in the country.

According to a conclusion adopted by the EU foreign ministers, the EU added 28 persons to the list of those subject to a travel ban and an asset freeze. At the same time, two additional entities were targeted with a freeze of their assets in the EU.

The EU also took further steps in respect of arms, prohibiting the import into the EU of arms from Syria, or any EU involvement in the transport of Syrian arms.

It also banned the EU nationals and enterprises from supplying financial services to Syrian arms exports, including insurance and re-insurance. "No EU citizens or companies must be involved in Syrian military cooperation with third countries, which could benefit the Syrian regime," said the conclusion.

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