US, EU working on slapping more sanctions on Syria

Reiterating that the United States and the European Union are looking for additional sanctions against the repressive Syrian government, the White House said the window is narrowing for the regime.

Washington: Reiterating that the United
States and the European Union are looking for additional sanctions against the
repressive Syrian government, the White House said the window is narrowing for the regime.

"The Obama Administration strongly condemns the
repressive measures of the Syrian Government and finds it`s an
`unacceptable behaviour`," White House Press Secretary Jay
Carney told reporters.

He said that the US has made it clear that the recent
events in Syria prove that the country cannot go back to the
status quo ante; that Syria`s future will only be secured by a
government that reflects the popular will of its people.

"The window is narrowing for the Syrian government to
shift focus away from repressing its people and towards
meeting the legitimate aspirations of its people. We are
looking at additional measures that we can take, and we
continue to enforce the measures already taken, the
longstanding sanctions against Syria and the specific targeted
sanctions that we announced recently," Carney said.
The White House spokesperson said that the US remains
very concerned about this, and it could not be more clear
about its insistence that the Syrian government needs to cease
the violence, because the window was narrowing for its
opportunity to embrace the demands of its people and work with
the Syrian people in peaceful dialogue to respond to their
aspirations.

Carney said the US was looking at ways to continue to
put pressure on the Syrian government, so that it ceases the
violence against its own people and that it engages its people
in peaceful dialogue and begins to respond to the legitimate
grievances that its people have.

"We will be looking at taking additional measures to
do that," he said.

PTI

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