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article imageCanada imposes further sanctions on Syria

By Arthur Weinreb     Dec 24, 2011 in World
Ottawa - In light of the increasing violence in Syria, Canada has announced more sanctions against the country in an attempt to put further pressure on the Assad regime.
Earlier this week it was reported that the situation in Syria has escalated. Yesterday, Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister, John Baird, announced Canada has imposed additional sanctions against the Middle Eastern country.
In making his announcement, Baird said, These measures prohibit all imports, with the exception of food, from Syria; all new investment in Syria; and the export to Syria of equipment, including software, for the monitoring of telephone and Internet communications. Canada is also imposing an assets freeze and prohibiting economic dealings with additional individuals and entities associated with the Assad regime.
The Minister added that Canada stands with the Syrian people and looks forward to a "new Syria" that will live in peace with its neighbours and respect the rights of its citizens.
Amendments were made to the Special Economic Measures (Syria) Regulations and these regulations apply to anyone who is physically present in Canada and to Canadians regardless of where they are. They are applicable not only to persons who engage in prohibited activity but those who assist or promote activity that is sanctioned.
The changes to the regulations add 33 individuals and 10 entities to the list of those who are subject to these sanctions. This brings the total number of individuals hit by the sanctions to 81. Non-person entities now stand at 31.
Individuals on the list; those believed to be associated with the military or security forces, are unable to travel to Canada and are subject to have any assets they have in the country frozen. The named entities are also subject to a freeze of assets and are prohibited from having any dealings with Canadians.
The sanctions were imposed on the same day that two suicide bombers struck in Damascus, killing 44 people. The Minister also took at shot at the United Nations Security Council and was quoted as saying, We can't even get a UN resolution from the security council condemning the violence, let alone calling for UN sanctions and that is not a good day for the security council.
Baird also reiterated a previous request that all Canadians in Syria, estimated at 5,000 people, should leave the country immediately.
The new sanctions went into effect on the day they were announced, Dec. 23.
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