By DON MELVIN
BRUSSELS — European Union foreign ministers said Monday they were increasingly appalled by the Syrian government’s ruthless campaign of repression against civilians, and imposed new sanctions in hopes of pressuring the regime to change course.
The officials from the 27 EU countries, meeting in Brussels, froze the assets of seven Syrian government officials and the country’s central bank. They also banned the purchase of gold, precious metals and diamonds from the country, and banned Syrian cargo flights from the European Union.
“The EU underlines that those responsible for the violence across Syria will be held accountable for their actions,” the foreign ministers said in a statement, adding that, “The EU supports the Syrian opposition in its struggle for freedom, dignity and democracy.”
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