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France Says Tougher Sanctions Needed to Keep Syria Pressure

April 17, 2012

The international community must increase sanctions on the Syrian government, forcing it to accept the United Nations-brokered cease-fire it has flouted, French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe said.

“We must maintain pressure on the Syrian regime: that means strengthening sanctions,” Juppe said at the start of a 58-country “Friends of Syria” meeting in Paris.

Juppe told the meeting that sanctions against the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, which have been imposed on 150 people and entities, have cut the country’s financial reserves in half. He didn’t provide any figures.

At the end of today’s meeting, the group said it would convene again next month in Washington. The final statement offered to lift sanctions on Syrian businesspeople who can show they have broken links with the government.

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