-Developments in Syria is in a negative direction. This requires an even stronger reaction from the international community, says Store and he support EU's new measures against Syria. The measures include freezing of assets, travel restrictions and bans on export of weapons and other equipment that can be used for repression of the people.
The demonstrations in Syria continues, and dozens of demonstrators were killed during this weekend. Several hundred people have died since the start of demonstrations in mid-March.
– We strongly condemn the ongoing violence by the Syrian authorities, "said the minister. We urge the Syrian authorities to immediately stop all violence against the demonstrators, to allow peaceful demonstrations, release political prisoners and initiate a dialogue with the opposition. Assad must either lead the transition to a democratic regime or resign, added he.