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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.

“The minister of foreign affairs is currently working on those options,” Dimitri Soudas said at a briefing on Harper’s upcoming trip to Deauville, France for the G8 summit.

“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.

“Sanctions are coming,” Deepak Obhrai told Evan Solomon on CBC’sPower & Politics.

The United States and European Union have already imposed sanctions.

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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  1. John Gilbert
    May 20, 2011 at 8:02 pm

    Note Petro-Canada (Suncor) Assad picture ad at http://www.syria-oil.com (bottom left).

    The English version of it is at http://www.syria-oil.com/en/ that links to Suncor website.

    See Arabic example of it at http://www.syria-oil.com/e3lan/2011/petro/petroJPG.jpg

    See English example of it at http://www.syria-oil.com/e3lan/2011/petro/petroJPGEN.jpg

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