EU wants Lebanese sanctions framework by end of July

Paris-The European Union said on Monday that it would like to agree on a legal framework for sanctions for Lebanese leaders by the end of July, but warned that this measure would not be implemented immediately.

The France-led EU is trying to increase pressure on Lebanon’s confused politicians after the 11-month crisis in which Lebanon faced financial collapse, hyperinflation, power outages and fuel and food shortages. ..

The move is part of a broader international effort to force a stable government capable of implementing significant reforms from the nearly year-long political turmoil and economic collapse that struck Beirut Port.

“I can say that the goal is to complete this by the end of the month. I’m not talking about the implementation of the administration, I’m just talking about building a government based on sound legal grounds,” said the EU. Foreign policy director Josep Borrell told reporters in Brussels.

Almost a year after the August 4 explosion, which killed more than 200 people, injured thousands and devastated the capital, Lebanon is still led by a provisional government.

French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian told reporters in Brussels that “Lebanon has been in suicide mode for several months.” “Now there is a big emergency for those in need.”

The EU must first set up a sanctions system. This can lead to personal travel bans and asset freezes, but it can soon decide that no one will be on the list.

Le Dorian said there was now a consensus among the 27 Brock countries about the administration.

Richard Ruff and John Irish

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