EU to tighten arms embargo on Syria

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EU to tighten arms embargo on Syria

The European Union will enforce an existing arms embargo against Syria by requiring member nations to board ships and aircraft carrying suspicious cargo to the war-torn nation.

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Published: Mon 23 Jul 2012, 2:54 PM

Last updated: Fri 3 Apr 2015, 2:39 PM

Foreign ministers meeting in Brussels endorsed the measure on Monday and also added 26 Syrian individuals and three companies to the bloc’s existing sanctions list.

The EU banned weapons exports to Syria in May, 2011. But until now, member states could decide whether or not to inspect cargos believed to be in breach of the embargo.

Syria’s military arsenal is mainly of Soviet and Russian origin. Very little of its weaponry originates from Western nations, which makes it unlikely that the EU arms embargo will have a significant effect.

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