EU set to slap new sanctions on Syrian regime

April 23, 2012

LUXEMBOURG (AP) — Diplomats say the European Union will ban the sale of luxury goods and dual-use products to Syria as U.N. truce monitors start deploying in the conflict-torn nation.

Two diplomats said the EU's 27 foreign ministers will formally approve the new set of sanctions — the 14th in the past year — when they meet Monday morning in Luxembourg. They spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss a decision not yet formally taken.

EU experts will work out later precisely which goods will be included in the embargo. One of the diplomats said that dual-use goods can include anything ranging from vehicles to fertilizers and other chemicals.

The U.N. estimates that more than 9,000 people have been killed since an uprising began in Syria a year ago.