London- The European Union on Monday placed 17 of the 32 Syrian ministers plus the central bank governor on a sanctions blacklist targeting the regime of Head of Syrian Regime Bashar al-Assad over attacks on civilians.
They face travel bans and asset freezes for “being responsible for the violent repression against the civilian population in Syria, benefiting from or supporting the regime, and/or being associated with such persons,” an EU statement said.
EU leaders agreed at a summit in Luxemburg in October to increase sanctions against the Assad regime, citing devastating attacks on Syria’s second city of Aleppo, and added 10 top military and government officials to the list.
This decision brings to 234 the total number of persons subject to a travel ban and an asset freeze for the violent repression against the civilian population in Syria, it said.
Another 69 entities are affected by asset freezes while the EU also has in place other sanctions against Syria as a whole, including arms and oil embargoes plus investment restrictions.
The European Union singled out as Central Bank Governor Duraid Durgham as “responsible for providing economic and financial support to the Syrian regime.”
The EU remains committed to finding a lasting solution to the conflict in Syria, as there is no military solution to the Syrian civil war.
The EU is determined to save lives and continues its intense humanitarian diplomatic effort to deliver aid to Aleppo and wherever needed and to evacuate the wounded.
The legal acts adopted by the Council, including the names of the persons concerned, were published in the Official Journal of 14 November 2016.