Arab League proposes sanctions against Syria, including freezing assets
November 26th, 2011
04:16 PM ET

Arab League proposes sanctions against Syria, including freezing assets

Arab League finance ministers recommended Saturday that economic sanctions be levied against the Syrian government for its part in a bloody, months-long crackdown on civilian demonstrators, a senior Arab League official told CNN.

Foreign ministers from the regional alliance will meet at 11 a.m. Sunday in Cairo (4 a.m. ET) to consider whether to adopt the proposal.

Damascus had failed to respond to a Friday deadline for it to allow Arab League observers into the Middle Eastern country to monitor the government's response to civil unrest.

"The Syrians responded with more requests to amendments to the protocol; they did not reject or accept," a senior Arab League diplomat said.

The slate of sanctions proposed Saturday in Cairo - which were opposed by Algeria and Iraq - include barring any private or commercial airlines from the league's 22 member states from flying into or out of Syria.

In addition, all assets belonging to the Syrian government and its officials would be frozen so they couldn't be accessed, and Syrian officials would not be allowed to visit Arab League countries.

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soundoff (23 Responses)
  1. Lola Bunch

    My assets are still freezing...

    November 26, 2011 at 8:59 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Real person

    Well if your assets are still freezing then take those babies in side and warm them up. I would hate like hell to have to be in the position that some of these middle east countries are in just to wake up every day would be very difficult to deal with every day . The most interesting thing is that they never give up!! Maybe we should follow a good examplesuch as thiers.

    November 27, 2011 at 3:56 am | Report abuse |
  3. Mr. T

    How stupid are we to believe against any govt works? Stop killing the Syrians civilians w these economic asset limitations. Bashad will keep his 160lb even after the last santion in the book. Its the ppl without job we're starving to death. Enough w the capital politics, guys!

    November 27, 2011 at 10:10 am | Report abuse |
  4. leeintulsa

    @mr t: so what should they do, pity da fool? Maybe they aren't night elf mohawks..

    November 27, 2011 at 11:09 am | Report abuse |
  5. leeintulsa

    Must be nice to have assets to freeze..

    Wait.. Assad.. Assets.. I think i see a pattern developing.. Hehe.. Yeah.. Hehe.. Hehe.. I am cornholio! Hehe.. Mehehe.. I need tp for my bunghole.. Hehe..

    Maybe we can assist assad with his assorted and asundered assets.. Hehe.. Hehe.. Yeah..

    November 27, 2011 at 11:20 am | Report abuse |
  6. Mr. T

    Hey this is not about saving lives. Its all about regime change for more natural resouces and power to bully the poor as its been. Yemen, bahrain, egypt, algeria, liberia, saudi arabia, usa, england and the the lybian rebels should all be sanctions for violent crack down and enprisonment of civilians in the name of preserving peace and national security, if syria deserves a all these santions for doing the samethings as these countries. After syria who's next, iran!? Where is fairness on the stage of human rights?

    November 27, 2011 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |


    November 27, 2011 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse |
  8. dr.RUFFNUTT

    mr freeze (aka arnold) was terrible in batman n robin...

    November 27, 2011 at 6:32 pm | Report abuse |
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