EU lawmakers call for more sanctions on Syria

Thu Jul 7, 2011 2:20pm GMT

* European lawmakers want more sanctions against Syria

* Humanitarian aid needed for Syrian refugees

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STRASBOURG, France, July 7 (Reuters) - European Union lawmakers called on Thursday for EU member states to impose more sanctions on Syria's government to force it to end a crackdown on pro-democracy demonstrators.

In a resolution on recent upheaval in North Africa and the Middle East, legislators in the European Parliament also said the EU should help Turkey and Lebanon set up a humanitarian aid corridor to assist refugees fleeing the violence in Syria.

"The Council (of EU governments) should continue to extend targeted sanctions to all persons and entities linked to the (Syrian) regime with the view to weakening and isolating them, paving the way for democratic transition," the lawmakers said.

Syrian activists say security forces have killed more than 1,300 civilians since unrest against President Bashar al-Assad began three months ago.

In response, Western governments have imposed rounds of sanctions against Assad and his inner circle in an effort to cut off his sources of funding and end the violence.   Continued...

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