EU foreign ministers have given the green light for a raft of new sanctions against Syria. Meeting in Brussels, Europe’s top diplomats agreed to target Syria’s central bank and several government ministers in an attempt to curb funding to Bashar al-Assad’s regime.
Dutch Foreign Minister Uri Rosenthal also said there had been talks over a possible peace keeping mission: ‘‘We tried our utmost to see whether we could arrange, at a certain moment, for a peace keeping mission to Syria, but peace keeping does mean that there should be peace. So, the first priority is for the violence in Syria to stop.’‘
The new punitive measures are expected to be enforced this week. But any decision by the EU to recognise Syria’s opposition still seems to be in limbo.
EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton said: “We haven’t got into conditions for recognition. In fact, we have not had a formal discussion about recognition yet. We work with all of the people who are trying to find a solution.’‘
Today’s decisions complement an oil embargo imposed on Syria in September.
But as euronews’ Fariba Mavaddat at the European Council explains: ‘‘While the EU appears to have committed itself to helping the Syrian people topple President Assad’s regime, it is hard to see how it can achieve this without recognising the legitimacy of the opposition movement and impose effective measures in the face of continued Russian and Chinese opposition.’‘
Copyright © 2014 euronewsMore about:
- 1Protesters surround EU buildings as anti-TTIP anger voiced in Brussels
- 2Europe’s sex slave shame: is enough being done to fight human trafficking?
- 3euronews discusses Russia with Latvian PM after EU summit ends
- 4New EU food labelling rules
- 5Europe Weekly: EU Investment plans, protesters and parliamentary woes in last show of 2014
- 1Europe’s sex slave shame: is enough being done to fight human trafficking?
- 2Protesters surround EU buildings as anti-TTIP anger voiced in Brussels
- 3Belgium gripped by travel chaos as strike takes hold
- 4Chaos or cohesion: how will Europe respond to a major terror attack?
- 5Last EU summit of 2014 in full swing with major investment tabled
- 1euronews live TV - News | euronews : the latest international news as video on demand
- 2Watch: Passengers ‘push-start’ frozen plane in Siberia | euronews, world news
- 3Le Pen: I admire ‘cool head’ Putin’s resistance to West’s new Cold War | euronews, interview
- 4McCain blasts Europe’s approach to Ukraine conflict ‘a joke’ | euronews, the global conversation
- 5Which countries in Europe cause the most air pollution damage? | euronews, world news
- 6Moldova pro-EU parties take narrow lead in elections | euronews, world news
- 7Grenoble: Europe’s first ad-free city | euronews, world news
- 8NATO joins search for ‘Russian submarine’ off Scottish coast | euronews, world news
- 9European Union News | euronews: latest breaking news and headlines about European Union
- 10Obama’s ‘risky’ immigration gamble | euronews, world news
- 11Ukraine reports accident at Zaporizhzhya nuclear power plant | euronews, world news
- 12Crude awakening: Romania’s Black Sea oil and gas finds fuel Europe’s energy hopes | euronews, reporter
- 13Irony as organised crime prosecutor arrested for corruption in Romania | euronews, world news
- 14The American Century comes to an end as China becomes the world’s largest economy | euronews, economy
- 15International breaking news | euronews online world breaking news in video
- 16Belgium’s former queen Fabiola dies at 86 | euronews, world news
- 17Germans demand honour for Turkish woman beaten to death | euronews, world news
- 18Chechen ‘death’ unit fighting with rebels in eastern Ukraine | euronews, world news
- 19Portugal: Ex-PM José Socrates held in corruption probe | euronews, world news
- 20Pakistan Taliban ‘kill over 100’ in Peshawar school attack | euronews, world news