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    EU extends sanctions against Syrian regime by a year

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    European Union (EU) Foreign Ministers on Monday extended sanctions against the Syrian regime to the 1st of June 2019. “Given the ongoing repression of the civilian population, the EU decided to maintain its restrictive measures against the Syrian regime and its supporters,” the 28 ministers stated in a press release issued after a meeting of the EU Council in Brussels.   

    The sanctions, which include a ban on entering EU territory and an asset freeze, now target 259 individuals and 67 entities.

    The sanctions also include an oil embargo, restrictions on certain investments, a freeze of the assets of the Syrian Central Bank in the EU and restrictions on the export of equipment and technology liable to be used for internal repression or for monitoring or intercepting Internet and telephone communications.  

    The EU “remains committed to finding a lasting and credible political solution to the conflict in Syria,” the ministers stated.

    Oscar Schneider
    The Brussels Times