Luxembourg urges EU freeze of Mubarak's assets

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February 14, 2011 17:40

 
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BRUSSELS — The prime minister of Luxembourg says the European Union should freeze the assets of ousted Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak.

Asked Monday whether the EU should follow the example of Switzerland and block access to Mubarak's accounts, Jean Claude Juncker said "yes," but didn't elaborate.

In order to impose an asset freeze on an outgoing leader, the EU needs the backing of all 27 member states and usually coordinates its actions with the incoming government.

Maja Kocijancic, the spokeswoman for the EU's foreign affairs chief Catherine Ashton, said the bloc had not received an official request from Egypt to take measures against Mubarak.

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