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    US House votes to sanction Syria ... WASHINGTON, Oct 16: The US House of Representatives on Wednesday night voted 398-4 to sanction Syria for its alleged ties
    Message 1 of 1 , Oct 18, 2003
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      US House votes to sanction Syria
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      WASHINGTON, Oct 16: The US House of Representatives on Wednesday
      night voted 398-4 to sanction Syria for its alleged ties to terrorist
      groups and purported efforts to obtain nuclear, biological and
      chemical weapons.

      The legislation, the Syria Accountability and Lebanse Sovereignty
      Act, also calls on Damascus to end its occupation of Lebanon.
      President George Bush last week ended two years of opposition to the
      legislation, and has indicated he will sign it.

      The legislation gives the White House a range of options for
      sanctioning Syria, from restricting US exports and business
      investment to downgrading Washington's diplomatic representation and
      imposing travel restrictions on Syrian diplomats in the United
      States.

      The bill also bans the exportation of "dual-use" technology, and
      allows the US government to freeze Syria's assets in the United
      States.

      "Syria is a government at war with the values of the civilized world
      and a violent threat to free nations and free men everywhere," said
      House Majority Leader Tom DeLay after the vote. -AFP

      http://www.dawn.com/cgi-bin/dina.pl?file=top17.htm&date=20031017

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