Summary Box: EU imposes new sanctions on Syria

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Posted: Feb 27, 2012 1:21 PM
Summary Box: EU imposes new sanctions on Syria

MORE PRESSURE: European Union foreign ministers said Monday they were increasingly appalled by the Syrian government's ruthless campaign of repression against civilians, and imposed new sanctions in hopes of pressuring the regime to change course.

FROZEN OUT: 27 EU countries froze the assets of seven Syrian government officials and the country's central bank. They also banned the purchase of gold, precious metals and diamonds from the country, and banned Syrian cargo flights from the European Union.

LITTLE IMPACT: So far the EU sanctions have had little effect on the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad.