Extracts from the EC Midday press briefing by Michael Mann, Spokesperson of Catherine Ashton, on Russian ship carrying arms passing by Cypriot waters to Syria
Type: Summary of press conference
End production: 13/01/2012 First transmission: 13/01/2012
On 13 January 2012, during the EC Midday press briefing, Michael Mann, Spokesperson of Catherine Ashton, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the EC, answered a question on Russian ship allegedly carrying arms which passed through Cypriot waters to reach Syria, while an EU embargo on arms had been agreed by the Members States.
In response to the continuing brutal suppression of popular protest, the European Union agreed on sanctions on 10 May 2011. It placed an arms embargo on Syria and established a list of Syrian officials banned from travelling to the EU. In September 2011, the EU extended the scope of economic and political sanctions against Syria's regime banning its imports of crude oil.
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||Arrival of Michael Mann, Spokesperson of Catherine Ashton, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the EC
||Soundbite (in ENGLISH) by Michael Mann: I am saying that we have European Union's rules in place, agreed by the 27 including an embargo and the responsibility for making sure that the embargo, as it is always the case, is implemented by the national authorities. If they have any problems, they, of course, could always consult for clarity. But in terms of implementing any restrictions of that sort, the responsibility is firmly in the court of the national authorities. Of course, in order to help, we are instrumentally putting these measures in place but it is up to the national authorities to make sure that there are implemented. And as far as I am aware, the authorities in this case are confident that no embargo has been broken.
||Cutaway of the audience
||Soundbite (in ENGLISH) by Michael Mann: I am not aware of any contact taken by the Cypriot authorities. I have to check but I am not aware of that.
||Departure of the speaker