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EU imposes new sanctions on Syria

12-03-2011 09:30 BJT

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The European Union has piled more pressure on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s government, by adding three more oil firms to its sanctions list.

The EU’s Official Journal on Friday published the blacklisted names - Syria Trading Oil, state-owned General Petroleum Corporation, known as GPC, and a GPC joint venture firm.

EU foreign ministers had agreed on Thursday to impose further restrictive measures against Syria to pressure it to halt violence against protestors.

These relate to energy, financial, banking and trade sectors, and include a blacklist of individuals and entities said to be "involved in the violence or directly supporting the regime".

On the same day, Royal Dutch Shell announced it will halt operations in Syria to comply with EU sanctions.



Editor:Zhang Pengfei |Source: CNTV.CN

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