Arab League to vote on Syria sanctions draft

 By: Elizabeth A. Kennedy
The Arab League is set to vote Sunday on sweeping sanctions against Syria, which could include halting cooperation with the nation’s central bank and stopping flights to the country.

The 22-nation body will vote on the recommendations at the group’s headquarters in Cairo.

If the Arab League were to go ahead with the move, it would be a huge blow for a regime that considers itself a powerhouse of Arab nationalism.

Syria is facing mounting international pressure to end the bloody crackdown on the uprising against President Bashar Assad, which the U.N. says has killed more than 3,500 people. The European Union and the United States have imposed several rounds of sanctions against Assad and his regime, including a ban on the import of Syrian oil.

Source: Associated Press

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