Monday, 28 November 2011

Arab League adopts sanctions against Syria

Moscow: The Arab League Sunday approved sanctions against Syria in the latest bid to dissuade the Bashar Assad regime from its crackdown on dissent.
There has been mounting international pressure on Syria to end its bloody crackdown on anti-government protests.More than 3,500 people are believed to have been killed since the protests against President Bashar al-Assad began in March.Nineteen of the regional bloc's 22 member nations voted in favour of the unprecedented sanctions at a meeting in Cairo. Iraq, Lebanon and Algeria voted against the move.Damascus, which is already under US and EU sanctions, denounced the move as a betrayal of Arab solidarity.Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Muallem accused the Arab League of trying to "internationalise" the conflict in Syria.The body suspended Syria earlier this month.Speaking at a news conference after the crucial vote, Qatari Foreign Minister Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim al-Thani said the sanctions include cutting off transactions with the Syrian central bank and halting Arab government funding for projects in Syria."In these decisions we aim at avoiding any sufferings of the Syrian people," al Jazeera TV quoted Sheikh Hamad as saying. "We want to make sure these decisions are not hitting the Syrian people, whether directly or indirectly."

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