(No. 228 - August 13, 2011 - 2:20 p.m. ET) John Baird, Canada’s Foreign Affairs Minister, today issued the following statement on the situation in Syria:
“Canada reiterates its strong condemnation of the ongoing violent military assault by the Assad regime against the Syrian people.
“The Assad regime has lost all legitimacy by killing Syrian men, women and children to stay in power. This campaign of terror must stop.
“As part of our commitment to work with like-minded international partners to isolate the Assad regime, Canada is taking measures to extend its existing sanctions against the regime and its backers. We have frozen the assets of additional individuals and entities and moved to prevent those supporting the abhorrent behaviour of the Assad regime from travelling to Canada.
“As with the sanctions announced on May 24, 2011, the measures announced today directly target members of the current Syrian regime and those who provide it with support. They are not intended to cause harm to the Syrian people.
“Canada supports the efforts of the Syrian people to secure freedom and democracy and looks forward to a new Syria that respects the rights of all of the people and lives in peace with its neighbours.”
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Effective immediately, Canada is expanding sanctions by seeking to freeze the assets of four additional individuals and two additional entities associated with the Syrian government, and to ensure that those people believed to be inadmissible to Canada are prevented from travelling to Canada.
The names of the additional individuals and entities targeted by Canadian sanctions are as follows:
On May 24, 2011, Canada announced targeted sanctions against the Syrian regime and some designated individuals and entities in response to the ongoing violent crackdown by Syrian military and security forces against Syrians peacefully protesting for democracy and human rights. These measures, which are a blend of administrative measures and actions taken under the authority of the Special Economic Measures Act, are consistent with initiatives taken by like-minded states, including the United States and the European Union.
A news release announcing the May 24 sanctions can be found at PM announces sanctions on Syria.