U.S. to impose sanctions aimed at blocking Syria military victory
By Michelle Nichols
NEW YORK (Reuters) - The United States will impose sanctions on Wednesday to cut the revenue of the government of Syrian President Bashar al Assad, push it back into the UN negotiations and put an end to the almost ten years Negotiations in the country bring about war.
The U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Kelly Craft informed the Security Council on Tuesday that Washington would implement measures to "prevent the Assad regime from achieving a military victory."
"Our goal is to deprive the Assad regime of the revenue and support it has used to commit the large-scale atrocities and human rights violations that prevent a political solution and significantly affect the prospect of peace," said Craft.
Russia and China criticized the US plan to impose further unilateral sanctions. Russia's U.N. ambassador Vassily Nebenzia said the United States had confirmed "the purpose of these measures is to overthrow the legitimate authorities of Syria."
China's US Ambassador Zhang Jun said: "With vulnerable countries like Syria struggling with the (coronavirus) pandemic, imposing further sanctions is simply inhumane and can cause additional disasters."
Craft said the sanctions would be imposed under the Caesar Syria Civilian Protection Act signed by President Donald Trump in December, which is designed to "deter bad actors who continue to support and fund the Assad regime's atrocities against the Syrian people while they are simple enrich". [nL8N2DS58K]
Syria's U.N. ambassador Bashar Ja'afari said on Tuesday at a separate session of the Geneva-based Human Rights Council in Washington that he had tried to impose US law on the world and ignored calls to end unilateral sanctions.
Assad's crackdown on democracy-friendly protesters in 2011 led to a civil war, with Moscow supporting Assad and Washington to support the opposition. Millions of people have fled Syria and millions have been internally displaced.
United States mediator Geir Pedersen told the Security Council that he hoped that the opposing sides in the Syrian civil war could be convened in Geneva in late August to negotiate the constitution. Negotiations by the Constitutional Committee had problems making progress last year.
(Reporting by Michelle Nichols; Additional reporting by Stephanie Nebehay in Geneva; Editing by Aurora Ellis)
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