EU to sanction Syrian government ministers

By REUTERS
February 23, 2012 17:23

BRUSSELS - European Union states will impose sanctions on seven Syrian government ministers next week, adding to pressure on President Bashar Assad to end violence against the opposition, a senior EU diplomat said on Thursday.

EU foreign ministers are set to agree at a meeting in Brussels on Monday to travel bans and asset freezes against the officials, who they say are responsible for human rights violations in Syria.

The moves will accompany new sanctions against the Syrian central bank, a prohibition on trade in precious metals with state institutions and a ban on cargo flights from Syria, the official said. The new sanctions will take effect on Tuesday next week.

"All this will be formally adopted on Monday," the official said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

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