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Foreign Secretary welcomes EU sanctions on those responsible for Syrian violence

Foreign Secretary William Hague comments on EU’s political agreement to impose travel bans and asset freezes on 14 individuals in Syria.

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The Foreign Secretary said:

“I strongly support today’s agreement to impose tough sanctions on those responsible for the violence we have witnessed in Syria. The EU is sending a clear message that we will act against those who brutalise peaceful protestors and seek to repress their legitimate aspirations for reform. The UK has been at the forefront of pressing for the EU to accelerate its response. We will continue to review this list and consider with our partners whether others should be added to it. The Syrian regime must realise that attempts to respond to calls for reform with violence are doomed to failure.”

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Published 11 May 2011