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EU imposes new sanctions on Syria

By DON MELVIN

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union foreign ministers decided Monday to impose additional sanctions on 18 Syrians in response to the killings of protesters by Syrian President Bashar Assad’s regime.

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The names of those sanctioned will not be known until they are published in the EU’s official journal in a day or two. In a statement, the foreign ministers said they were “individuals responsible or associated with the repression and supporting or benefiting from the regime.” Sanctions generally include visa and travel bans on people and the freezing of assets.

The sanctions adopted Monday also include suspending the disbursement of European Investment Bank loans.

“The European Union continues to be deeply concerned by the deteriorating situation in Syria where according to the United Nations more than 3,500 people have been killed since March,” the statement said. “The EU again condemns in the strongest terms the ongoing brutal repression and widespread human rights violation.”

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