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Damascus:Total suspends work in Syria due to EU sanctions

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Laaska news  Dec. 6, 2011

French oil giant Total has suspended its activities in Syria over extended EU sanctions against Damascus. This is reported by Agence France-Presse, with reference to a company statement.

   “We have informed Syrian authorities of our decision to suspend work with Syria’s state oil company General Petroleum Corporation in line with the sanctions. This applies both to extraction work in Deir ez-Zour and development of Tabieh gas fields, “- reads the company communiqué.

   The EU foreign ministers at their December 1 meeting in Brussels decided to expand sanctions against Syria, which for eight months now has been the scene of violence between government forces and the opposition.

  Entered onto the new sanctions list were 12 people and 11 Syrian companies, including – three state-owned Syrian oil companies.

  Previously, the British-Dutch oil company Royal Dutch Shell also announced plans to curtail work in Syria. Total chiefly operates in the oil and gas markets, and is the third largest oil producer in Europe, reminds RIA Novosti. (RIAN)


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