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Syria suspended its membership in Mediterranean Union

(DP-News - agencies)

DAMASCUS- Syria has suspended its participation in the Mediterranean Union in retaliation for punitive measures against its regime by European states, state media said on Thursday.

"Syria is suspending its membership in the Mediterranean Union in response to European measures taken against it," said a statement carried by the official SANA news agency.
"Syria has decided to suspended its membership in the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM) till the European Union reconsiders the measures taken against it," Spokesman at the Foreign and Expatriates Ministry said Thursday.


The spokesman added that representatives of the Egyptian-French co-presidency of the UfM have been informed of the decision made, according to SANA.
He said that the decision came in light of the escalated political and media campaign launched against Syria at the international and European forums which lacks an objective rapprochement, in addition to the role of Europeans in incitement instead of helping find a solution to the current crisis.

The European Union has taken a number of measures against Syria in line with the unjustified economic and political sanctions which target the Syrian people in daily life and constitute a flagrant violation of the national sovereignty and a blatant interference in the Syrian internal affairs.
"These measures contradict the agreements signed between the Syrian and European sides and greatly harm the spirit of partnership established by the Barcelona Process and the union for the Mediterranean," said the spokesman.
In turn, Syrian state television meanwhile accused the European Union of "taking a series of measures which constitute a flagrant violation of the sovereignty and patent interference in the internal affairs of Syria."

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad was one of 40 heads of state and government present when the Union was launched amid much fanfare and at the time placed himself firmly at the centre of Middle East peace moves.
The 43-nation Mediterranean Union, an initiative of French President Nicolas Sarkozy, was inaugurated in 2008 to bolster cooperation between Europe, the Middle East and North Africa.
Launched by France and Egypt at a Paris summit, the union groups all 27 European Union member states with countries in North Africa, the Balkans, the Arab world and Israel.
However, Syrian President al-Assad has since fallen far from grace and the EU, Arab League and United States have all slapped sanctions on his regime over its fierce crackdown on an eight-month uprising.

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