Arab League approves unprecedented Syria sanctions
The Arab League has approved unprecedented sanctions against Syria to pressure the regime to end its deadly eight-month crackdown on dissent. Damascus slammed the move as a betrayal of Arab solidarity.
27 Nov 2011
Qatari Prime Minister Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim al-Thani said 19 of the Arab League’s 22 members voted to ban prominent Syrian regime officials “from travelling to Arab countries and to freeze their accounts in Arab countries.”
The bloc’s members will also stop dealing with the Syrian Central Bank and suspend economic trade with the Damascus government, with the exception of foodstuffs, he said.
Iraq had abstained from the vote, and refused to implement it, while Lebanon “disassociated itself” from the decision, he said.
The decision also called on Arab central banks to monitor transfers to Syria, except remittances from Syrians abroad to their families.
The Arab League had set a Friday deadline for Damascus to agree to an observers’ mission, part of a reform deal Syria had previously said it accepted.