posted on May, 11 2004 @ 05:56 PM
In a long expected move the Bush administration has announced the imposition of economic sanctions against Syria in retaliation for its support of
various terrorist organizations. The sanctions will halt direct airline travel between syria and the U.S., exports to Syria other than food and
medicine, severs U.S. banking relations with the Commercial Bank of Syria and freezes assets of Syrians involved in a range of prohibited areas from
terrorism to weapons of mass destruction and violence in Iraq.
The sanctions also tighten restrictions on arms-related and dual-use exports.
The sanctions stem from the "Syria Accountability and Lebanese Sovereignty Restoration Act".
The legislation signed by Bush on 12 December 2003 prohibits US exports to Syria of weaponry and so-called "dual- use technology" -- in other
words, technology perceived as having both civilian and military functions. The law also requires that the US president choose two sanctions from a
range of six, including restricting US exports and business investment, downgrading US-Syrian diplomatic ties, imposing travel restrictions on Syrian
diplomats in the US, freezing Syria's assets in the US, and restricting overflight rights for Syrian aircraft inside US airspace.
The bill demands that Syria end its alleged support for "terrorism", halt the development of chemical and biological weapons, as well as medium and
long-range missiles, and withdraw the 20,000 troops it has stationed in Lebanon. It also calls on the governments of Lebanon and Syria to "enter into
serious unconditional bilateral negotiations" with Israel in order to secure "a full and permanent peace".
It also says Syria must close its borders off to prevent the passage of any military equipment and anti-US militants into Iraq, where US-led forces
have suffered deadly attacks since ousting Saddam Hussein in April 2003.
Bush Imposes Sanctions
Sanctions - Jerusalem Post
Sanctions - Al Jazeera
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[Edited on 11-5-2004 by Phoenix]
[Edited on 5-12-2004 by Valhall]