Open

Coming up

Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

MEDIAWATCH

Netanyahu deletes tweet featuring photo of James Foley

Read more

THE WORLD THIS WEEK

The World This Week - 22 August 2014 (part 2)

Read more

THE WORLD THIS WEEK

The World This Week - 22 August 2014

Read more

FRANCE IN FOCUS

FRANCE IN FOCUS

Read more

FOCUS

Lifting the veil over China's air pollution

Read more

ENCORE!

Tango Takeover in Paris

Read more

WEB NEWS

Calls for ISIS media blackout after execution of James Foley

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

'Steely resolve of reporters exploited by pared-down employers'

Read more

BUSINESS DAILY

US judge calls Argentina bond swap offer illegal

Read more

  • ‘European GPS’ satellites launched into wrong orbit

    Read more

  • Merkel in Kiev as aid convoy ‘returns to Russia’

    Read more

  • Suicide bomber targets Iraq intelligence HQ in deadly attack

    Read more

  • Video: Israel bombs kidnapping suspect’s home

    Read more

  • US brands journalist’s beheading a ‘terrorist attack’

    Read more

  • Ebola prompts Philippines to recall UN troops in Liberia

    Read more

  • Besieged by problems, Hollande faces unhappy return from summer holidays

    Read more

  • US sued over ‘deportation mill’ in New Mexico

    Read more

  • Colombian army and FARC rebels begin work on ceasefire

    Read more

  • US National Guard starts to pull out of embattled Ferguson

    Read more

  • PSG fall flat once more against Evian

    Read more

  • US job market yet to recover from recession, says Fed Chair

    Read more

  • August 22, 1914: The bloodiest day in French military history

    Read more

  • Central African Republic announces coalition cabinet

    Read more

  • French firebrand leftist to quit party presidency, but not politics

    Read more

  • Fear of Ebola sky-high among Air France workers

    Read more

  • US says Islamic State threat 'beyond anything we've seen'

    Read more

  • Interactive: Relive the Liberation of Paris in WWII

    Read more

Europe

EU may slap sanctions on Syrian president

Text by News Wires

Latest update : 2011-05-12

European Union diplomacy chief Catherine Ashton (pictured) said Thursday that the EU may add President Bashar al-Assad to the list of Syrian officials targeted by EU sanctions for their role in the country’s bloody crackdown on protesters.

AFP - The European Union may consider extending sanctions against Syria to include President Bashar al-Assad himself, EU diplomacy chief Catherine Ashton said Thursday.            

"President Assad is not on the list but that does not mean the foreign ministers won't return to this subject," Ashton told Austrian Oe1 public radio in an interview broadcast on Thursday.
             
Assad's name is currently not included on a list of 13 Syrian officials targeted by EU sanctions.
             
When questioned on the matter in the EU parliament earlier this week, Ashton argued that sanctions were targeted at those directly involved in cracking down on protests.
             
The range of sanctions includes an arms embargo along with a travel ban and assets freeze targeting Assad's brother, four of his cousins and others in his inner circle.
             
But Ashton has left the door open to widening the sanctions to include Assad himself.
             
In the Austrian radio interview, she dismissed suggestions the current sanctions are too weak.
             
It was not easy to convince all 27 of the bloc's foreign ministers, Ashton said.
             
Diplomatic sources say that Germany, in particular, was long opposed to such a move.
             
"There are different views and that's not surprising," the EU diplomacy chief said.
             
Her aim was to hit those directly involved in cracking down on the protests.
             
That was why she was calling on the foreign ministers to "take the window of opportunity to do so before it closes."

 

Date created : 2011-05-12

  • LIBYA

    EU to open Benghazi office to support rebel council

    Read more

  • SYRIA

    Syria ‘drops bid’ to join UN human rights body

    Read more

  • SYRIA

    Journalist released from Syrian detention describes harrowing ordeal

    Read more

COMMENT(S)