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Sanctions on Syria

June 25, 2012

Foreign Minister Bob Carr today announced new Australian sanctions on Syria, covering trade in oil, petroleum, financial services, telecommunications and precious metals.

The sanctions restrict or prohibit trade between Syria and Australia across entire sectors. They are in addition to Australia’s existing arms embargo and financial and travel sanctions on individuals and entities associated with the Assad regime.

Senator Carr said the sanctions were necessary to increase the pressure on the Assad regime, which has refused to abide by Joint Special Envoy Kofi Annan’s six-point peace plan.

“The Assad regime continues to show its unwillingness to negotiate a ceasefire and bring an end to Syria’s bloodshed,” Senator Carr said.

“These sanctions reflect Australia’s condemnation of the Assad regime, and our continued efforts to help bring Syria to the negotiating table.”

Senator Carr said Australia, the European Union and the United States have already imposed sanctions on Syria, and Australia continues to push for unified international action through the United Nations.

Australia would also consider additional humanitarian assistance for the Syrian people.

Australia’s new sanctions would take effect under the Autonomous Sanctions Regulations 2011 to restrict dealings with Syria’s oil, petroleum, and financial sectors; trade in luxury goods, equipment intended for monitoring or intercepting communications, and precious metals and gems.

The list of individuals and groups targeted for financial and travel restrictions would also be expanded, and the existing arms embargo retained.

The decision to expand sanctions also follows Australia’s expulsion of the Syrian Chargé d’affaires on May 27.

  1. June 25, 2012 11:09 am

    I agree that every conceivable pressure, short of military intervention, should be brought to bear on the Assad regime.

    But to really make progress, I think we must address the underlying factors which are keeping Russia from playing a more useful role. Whilst it’s true that crude economic interests, Russia being Syrian’s main arms supplier, are a factor, we need to see that Russia, Syria and Iran all fear the same thing, namely regime change through the effective meddling of outside forces.

    Right now the US is training an iranian terrorist group, in Nevada i’ve heard, to help bring down the regime. If the US was to stop this sort of subversion which Putin has good reason to fear as well, having seen what happened in the Ukraine, then we might get a cleaner try at being the honest broker in Syria.

    But of course we’d then have to admit that the intense campaign to cripple Iran is ill-founded. And I guess this can’t happen whilst Israel sees Iran as a regional competitor for American favor, and holds the sway it does.

  2. Joe Bloggs permalink
    June 25, 2012 11:14 am

    LOL so what they have the Russians to look after them. What an empty and senseless gesture and an imperialist tactic aimed at propagating the raison detre for another NATO invasion after secret ops by Mossad, CIA and others in destabilising Syia to set it up for invasion

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