Syria will dominate next Monday’s meeting of European Union (EU) Foreign Ministers in Brussels, with France pushing for the freezing of all assets of the Syrian Central Bank, diplomats and officials said Friday.
“The situation in Syria will be at the centre of discussions following the meeting of the ‘Friends of Syria’ group in Tunis on February 24,” French Foreign Ministry spokesman Bernard Valero indicated here.
“The adoption of new sanctions against the Syrian regime will be decided, targeting additional entities, among them the Central Bank of Syria, and figures linked with or financing the repression,” Valero remarked.
Diplomatic sources said that Juppe was the leading advocate of freezing all the assets of the Central Bank of Syria and was mustering support with other EU ministers and would push for a decision at Monday’s meeting.
The EU ministers are also set to discuss developments in Somalia after this week’s London conference on that country.
The situation with the stalled Middle East peace talks will also be on the agenda, officials here indicated.