EU freezes assets of Syrian central bank

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The Council of the European Union (EU) today (February 27) announced a freeze on assets belonging to the Syrian central bank, but held within in the EU.

The council said in its conclusions that "the European Union is increasingly appalled by the unfolding situation in Syria, where the regime continues its ruthless campaign of repression against the civilian population and its systematic and widespread violation of human rights".

This led the council to impose a series of sanctions. While the

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