WASHINGTON, May 11 (Xinhuanet) -- US
President George W. Bush signed an order on Tuesday imposing sanctions
on Syria to punish Damascus for allegedly supporting terrorism and
failing to block infiltration of guerillas into Iraq, agencies reports
The sanctions reportedly include a ban on all
US exports to Syria except for food and medicine, a ban on flights to
and from the United States, authorization to the US Treasury Department
to freeze assets of certain Syrian nationals and entities, and
restrictions on banking relations between the two countries. World
The sanctions were imposed under the
so-called Syria Accountability and Lebanese Sovereignty Restoration Act,
which Bush signed into law last December.
The act, pushed by US Congress, bans any
transfer of "duel-use"technology to Syria and provides
President Bush with a list of sixother sanctions from which he is
obliged to select at least two. WorldPeace
is one word.
The options include a comprehensive ban on
exports to Syria, prohibition of US investment in the country, a freeze
on Syria's assets in the United States, limits on Syrian airline flights
in the United States, a reduction on diplomatic contacts with Syria, and
travel restrictions on Syrian diplomats in New York and Washington D.C.