Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Syria accuses the EU of trying to destabilize the country with sanctions

Cairo .- Syria has condemned the sanctions imposed today by the European Union (EU) against the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, and has described as "an attempt to destabilize" the country, according to an official source cited by State agency SANA. "The decisions of the European Union, as well as those taken by the U.S.

aim to flagrantly interfere in the internal affairs of Syria and is an attempt to destabilize its security and control their decisions," the agency said, citing a official who does not identify and who speaks "on behalf of the Syrian Arab Republic." Foreign ministers of the EU have agreed today to suspend cooperation programs kept in Syria and ask the European Investment Bank (EIB) to do the same with their operations.

The Bank is in Syria a portfolio of 1,300 million euros, one of the most important in the region. They have also banned from traveling to Europe and have decided to freeze the accounts of President Bashar al-Asad and thirteen other senior Syrian officials. The measures aim to increase the pressure on the Assad regime to stop the violent suppression of protests in the country that began in mid-March and agrees to negotiate with the opposition.

However, official sources quoted by Sana stressed that this measure of the EU agrees with the Syrian attempts to "conserve the country's security and comprehensive national dialogue to complete the plan of economic reforms and social policies according to the agenda national defined by it (Syria).

" Since the beginning of popular protests demanding democratic reforms, the Syrian authorities have insisted on an alleged commitment to reform, while demonstrations have been repressed, killed nearly a thousand citizens and activists arrested and tortured, intellectuals and journalists.

The Syrian official source responsible directly to France and the United Kingdom of sanctions and argues that, in spite of them, Syria "reaffirms its determination to complete the reform programs, while insisting on full independence in its decisions, in its sovereignty and its insistence on the safety of its citizens and the future of his people.

" The Treasury Department and the United States announced on May 18 the imposition of sanctions on the Syrian president and six other senior members of his government. The next day, the Syrian regime condemned these actions he called "aggression", and which he said "will not affect Syria's position" in relation to protests in the country.

U.S. sanctions are to Damascus a contribution to "aggression" against Iran and Israel against the Arabs.

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