Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper considers imposing sanctions on Syria
The Conservative government is considering imposing sanctions against Syria, an action already taken by other countries and one that will be a top agenda item at next week’s G8 meeting.
The new minister of foreign affairs, John Baird, and his department are preparing various options for sanctions against Syria, Prime Minister Stephen Harper‘s spokesman said Friday.
“We take the situation there very seriously. The actions of the [Syrian] government are simply unacceptable,” he said.
The parliamentary secretary to the minister of foreign affairs promised the government is moving on the file.
Syria and Libya will be key topics for the world leaders who are gathering in Deauville on May 26 and 27. The G8 is made up of the leaders of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia, the United States and the United Kingdom. Other national leaders and representatives from the European Union also often are invited to attend.
A number of historical international events have occurred since the G8 leaders last met in Canada last summer, including the uprisings in Tunisia, Egypt, Syria and Libya, and the earthquake, tsunami and nuclear crisis that struck Japan.
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