Australia may expel Syria`s Ambassador

Australia may expel Syria`s Ambassador to Canberra in response to ongoing violence in that country, Foreign Minister Bob Carr has said.

Updated: Apr 11, 2012, 12:43 PM IST

Melbourne: Australia may expel Syria`s
Ambassador to Canberra in response to ongoing violence in that
country, Foreign Minister Bob Carr has said.

Carr hinted that expelling Syrian ambassador Tammam
Sulaiman from Australia was a `live option` in response to
ongoing violence in the Middle East nation.

Carr said the Syrian government had failed on a
deadline to begin removing troop concentrations and cease
heavy weapons use in population centres by Tuesday.

Carr, according media reports today, said he was "not
ruling out" expelling Syria`s ambassador as a symbolic
gesture, but emphasised any responses would be measured.

"Certainly at this stage we would like to keep alive
the hope that the government of Syria will shift its
position," Carr said.

"We`re prepared to discuss that further with our
partners," the foreign minister said, adding travel and
financial restrictions were in place against 106 individuals
and 28 entities.

Carr, who was speaking to a local TV channel from New
York, said it was imperative the Syrian regime follows UN`s
ceasefire plan.

"That deadline has come and gone and those things
haven`t happened," Senator Carr said.

"I would describe the tone of discussions today at the
UN as very sobering."

Carr said Australia had already enacted sanctions
against 106 members and 28 entities of the Syrian government
but would not rule out taking a tougher stance if Syria
refused to obey the UN.

PTI