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EU to impose new sanctions on Syria


The European Union is to impose a new round of sanctions against the regime in Syria, according to diplomatic sources in Luxembourg, where EU foreign ministers gathered for a summit.

But the ministers are discussing more than Syria.

The EU foreign policy chief, Catherine Ashton said: “(We will be discussing) Morsi on his election in Egypt and to say that we will of course work with the Egyptian people and with him. We want to see an inclusive approach to Egypt. Syria too, of course, will be on the agenda as we look to see what more can be done. I’ve spent many phone calls with Kofi Annan to try and support his work.”

The French foreign minister condemned the shooting down of a Turkish military jet by Syrian forces as unacceptable. Turkey is now claiming the aircraft was in international airspace when it was targeted.

Laurent Fabius said: “This plane was unarmed and was on a routine flight when it was shot down, according to those who know, without any prior warning. So it is indeed unacceptable, and the NATO council will address this question from tomorrow.”

The Syrian National Council, the main group opposed to the Assad regime, relayed a message from Homs, calling for international help after a three week bombardment by government forces.

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