New EU sanctions for Syria

The European Union has adopted new sanctions against Syria due of the continued bloodshed in the country despite a 10-day ceasefire, the EU's council of foreign ministers announced.

Syrian security members inspecting damaged building after explosions near the intelligence forces in Damascus, March 17, 2012.
Syrian security members inspecting damaged building after explosions near the intelligence forces in Damascus, March 17, 2012. Credit: Reuters

The new measures announced by the ministers, representing EU governments, would restrict exports to Syria of luxury products and goods that could be used for repression.

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Assad hit by luxury goods ban

The EU has imposed new sanctions on the government of Syrian president Bashar al-Assad, restricting imports of luxury goods and equipment that could be used for 'repression'.