23 Dec '11, 8pm

Canada unveils more Syria sanctions

Canada unveils more Syria sanctions

OTTAWA: Canada's Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird announced Friday the freezing of assets of more Syrians loyal to President Bashar al-Assad's regime, as well as a beefed-up trade ban. "Canada will continue to put the squeeze on the Assad regime," Baird said. "We will not sit idly by, not while Assad and his thugs continue to violate the rights of the Syrian people." "The Syrian people have endured a violent repression of their calls for basic freedoms and the rights that are essential to human dignity." Assad, he said, "has responded with senseless violence, an abhorrent disregard for humanity and the slaughter of thousands of Syrian civilians, the people in fact he should be protecting, the people that are the very fabric of Syria." Canada's top diplomat added that "Assad is cut off. His disgusting brand of violence must stop and come to an end. He must go." The new m...

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