Use of chemical weapons in Syria: EU adds 4 persons to sanctions list


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On 19 March 2018, the Council added 4 persons to the list of those targeted by EU restrictive measures against the Syrian regime. The EU added these 4 persons for their role in the development and use of chemical weapons against the civilian population, in line with the EU's policy to fight the proliferation and use of chemical weapons.

These persons include a high-ranking military official and 3 scientists working at the Scientific Studies and Research Centre, the government entity responsible for developing and producing non-conventional weapons, including chemical weapons, and the missiles to deliver them. This entity is under EU restrictive measures since 1 December 2011.

The EU already imposed restrictive measures on Syrian persons specifically for their role in the development and use of chemical weapons on 17 July 2017.

Today’s decision brings to 261 persons the total number of persons targeted by a travel ban and an assets freeze for being responsible for the violent repression against the civilian population in Syria, benefiting from or supporting the regime, and/or being associated with such persons.

Read the full press release here.

Visit the meeting the page on the website of the Council of the European Union.

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