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EU threatens to impose fresh sanctions on Syria

The European Union will impose fresh sanctions on the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad if his military continues its deadly crackdown on anti-government protesters, EU president Herman Van Rompuy said Sunday.


AFP - European Union leaders are ready to slap more sanctions on Syria failing a halt in the regime's violence against dissenters, EU president Herman Van Rompuy said at the close of a summit Sunday.

EU leaders "expressed grave concern over continued brutality against the population in Syria," Van Rompuy said, adding that if the violence did not stop the bloc "will impose restrictive measures against the regime."

The EU earlier this month expressed support to Syria's opposition grouping while stopping short of official recognition.

It has issued several rounds of sanctions against the regime of President Bashar al-Assad, extending sanctions against allies of Assad to banks and the oil sector.

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