BRUSSELS - EU foreign ministers tightened sanctions against Syria on Monday, adding 22 people and eight entities to a list of banned people and groups, and said Syrian President Bashar Assad's violent crackdown against protesters was unacceptable.
The individuals concerned were responsible for human rights violations and the entities supported Assad's government, European Union foreign ministers said in a statement issued after a meeting in Brussels.Those proscribed will have their assets frozen and the individuals will be banned from entering the European Union.
"The message from the European Union is clear," said the EU's foreign policy chief, Catherine Ashton. "The crackdown must stop immediately."
The move came the day after Arab League foreign ministers proposed that Assad hand over power to a deputy and set up a new unity government. Damascus rejected the plan on Monday.