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Syria slams EU move to allow rebels to sell oil
April 24, 2013, 10:38 am


The EU has eased certain sanctions against Syria, including an oil embargo [Xinhua]

Syria’s foreign ministry said Tuesday that the EU’s move to ease an oil embargo on Syria to allow rebels to sell crude oil is tantamount to an act of aggression, according to the country’s official SANA news agency.

In a letter sent to the UN Security Council, the ministry said the EU decision to allow importing Syrian oil and its derivatives and investing in Syrian oil industry through exclusive transactions with the oppositional National Coalition violates the principle of noninterference in the countries’ internal affairs.

The European Union will be trading “with the so-called opposition Coalition, which represents no one in Syria,” the letters to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and the Security Council said.

The EU on Monday eased certain sanctions against Syria, including the oil embargo, so as to “help the civilian population”.

According to a statement issued by the EU Foreign Affairs Council in Luxembourg, the 27-member bloc gave green light to three types of transactions: imports of oil and petroleum products, exports of key equipment and technology for the oil and gas industry to Syria, as well as investments in the Syrian oil industry.

“The humanitarian situation is extremely alarming, the council (of ministers) today adopted a decision that will allow the Syrian National Coalition to take advantage of the oil and gas reserves under its control,” the EU’s foreign policy chief, Catherine Ashton, told reporters.

The EU import ban on Syrian oil and petroleum products was imposed in September 2011.

Source: Agencies

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