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EU aspirant countries joinsanctions on Iran, Syria.

| BRUSSELS, Nov 3 (KUNA) -- Croatia which is to join the European Union in 2013, and EU Candidate Countries Macedonia, Montenegro, Iceland and Serbia and potential EU candidate Albania have aligned themselves with the EU sanctions on Syria and Iran.

According to an EU statement, Liechtenstein, Norway as well as Moldova, have also committed themselves to implement the recent sanctions.

The EU last month decided to impose additional sanctions against Iran covering the financial, trade, energy, transport, and banking sectors.

Also, further export restrictions were imposed, notably for graphite, metals, software for industrial processes, as well as relating to the ship building industry.

The import of natural gas from Iran is also prohibited, said the statement.

On Syria, all the above-mentioned European countries in addition to Georgia have aligned themselves with the EU sanctions.

The additional sanctions prohibit the purchase, import or transport of arms from Syria, as well as the provision of related financing or financial assistance.

Furthermore, the access of Syrian Arab Airlines to the airports of EU Member States is prohibited, in addition to the existing prohibition on access of cargo flights from Syria.

"The European Union takes note of this commitment and welcomes it," added the statement. (end) nk.gta KUNA 031412 Nov 12NNNN

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Date:Nov 3, 2012
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