Turkey readies sanctions against Syria

By REUTERS
September 28, 2011 12:55

 
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ANKARA - Having failed to persuade Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to end a bloody crackdown, Turkey is preparing a list of sanctions against its one-time friend in a policy shift that aligns Ankara more closely with the West.

The measures, which mark a break from Turkey's long-standing record of resisting sanctions on its Middle Eastern neighbors, will complement a Turkish arms embargo already in place and underline how deeply Ankara has fallen out with Assad.

Sanctions are to be announced in the next few days, after Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan visits border camps providing refuge for more than 7,000 Syrians who have fled the violence.

Without giving details, the Turkish government has said the sanctions will target Assad's government, not the Syrian people.

Officials who spoke on condition of anonymity say they will affect military, banking and energy ties, among others.

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