PARIS Paris and Berlin said on Tuesday they were seeking the imposition of European Union sanctions on Syrian leaders including President Bashar al-Assad in response to the violent suppression of pro-democracy protests.
"We are trying to act with our European partners," Foreign Minister Alain Juppe told reporters. Asked if Assad should be included among targets of sanctions, he said: "That's what France wants."
German Deputy Foreign Minister Werner Hoyer said it was time for action.
"The Syrian government's continuing brutal actions leave the European Union no choice but to press firmly ahead with targeted sanctions against the regime," he said.
Countries of the 27-member European Union agreed last Friday to impose an arms embargo on Syria and consider other measures, under a preliminary agreement among ambassadors that was left to be finalized in coming days.