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EU Foreign Ministers agreed to impose further sanctions on Syria, including two oil companies and a further 12 individuals closely associated with the repression being carried out by the Syrian regime. Welcoming the sanctions the Foreign Secretary said:
“This is a further step in tightening the economic and diplomatic stranglehold on this criminal regime. The message to those who continue to side with Assad is clear - the violence must end and those responsible will be held to account.”
The UN Human Rights Council agreed to extend the mandate of the Commission of Inquiry to ensure that those responsible can be held to account. Minister the Middle East Alistair Burt said that the Commission has played a vital role in documenting and publicising the appalling human rights violations and abuses.