BRUSSELS - European Union member states reached preliminary agreement on Friday to impose an arms embargo on Syria and consider other restrictive measures in response to Syria's crackdown on protests, diplomats said.
At a meeting in Brussels, ambassadors of EU governments gave a preliminary green light to the arms embargo, which will have to be formalized in the coming days. They also asked EU experts to prepare plans for possible travel bans and asset freezes that could be imposed on the Syrian leadership.
"There was political agreement for an arms embargo," one EU diplomat said. "They also agreed to prepare for individual sanctions."