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Den nye pressetalsmannen for Det hvite hus sier at Barack Obama vurderer «målrettede sanksjoner» mot Syria.

The Obama administration condemned «the brutal violence used by the government of Syria», describing it as deplorable, and adding: «The United States is pursuing a range of possible policy options, including targeted sanctions, to respond to the crackdown and make clear that this behaviour is unacceptable.»

Blant sanksjonene kan være innreiseforbud for bestemte personer, men USA har allerede et lavt engasjementnivå med Syria. Det er EU som har en stor handel med Syria, og USA ønsker at EU foretar seg noe.

The US, having announced sanctions unilaterally, is putting pressure on the UK and other European countries to impose sanctions against the Syrian regime.

The US treasury department and other American agencies are discussing freezing the assets of senior officials accused of human rights abuses and banning them from travelling to the US or doing business there. Such sanctions are mainly symbolic, as the US has long had stringent measures in place against Syria and has little trade with the country. Sanctions by European countries, with whom Syria has extensive trade, would have more impact and several members of the Syrian government have assets in Europe.

Hva med FN? Fire EU-land har lagt frem et forslag til resolusjon som fordømmer voldsbruken. Det er første steg mot eventuelle sanksjoner.

Such a statement, introduced on Monday by four European members of the security council – Britain, France, Germany and Portugal – is a necessary first step towards any eventual imposition of UN sanctions. The draft backs a call by UN secretary-general Ban Ki-moon for an investigation into the killings. A UN diplomat said: «We hope there will be a vote on adopting it within the next 24 to 48 hours.»

Vestlige reaksjoner har vært uhyre forsiktige og sene. Først fredag rykket Obama ut og fordømte volden i Syria.

Her hjemme sa Frps utenrikspolitiske talsmann Morten Høglund søndag at Norge bør vurdere å ta initiativ til sanksjoner. -Noe må gjøres, sa Høglund. Han utelukket ikke at Vesten kan måtte intervenere i Syria, liksom i Libya, hvis utviklingen fortsetter som nå.

Syria sanctions planned by US after Deraa assault
US condemns Syrian government’s ‘brutal violence’ and considers freezing assets of senior officials accused of rights abuses