December 5, 2011 / 6:30 PM / 8 years ago

France's Total to stop Syria oil production

PARIS, Dec 5 (Reuters) - French oil major Total has informed the Syrian authorities it will stop production in the country in accordance with European Union sanctions, a company spokesman said on Monday.

“We have informed the Syrian authorities of our decision to stop operations with General Petroleum Corporation to conform to the sanctions,” the spokesman said.

The European Union imposed sanctions on Friday on three Syrian oil firms, including state-owned Syria Trading Oil (Sytrol) and General Petroleum Corporation, as part of its to effort to add financial pressure on the Damascus government over a crackdown on protests.

He added it included production at Deir al-Zor and the Tabiyeh Gas project.

“Our main concern remains the security of our employees,” he added. (Reporting By Muriel Boselli)

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