UK Foreign Minister William Hague conceded on April 23 that the European Union was running out of credible options against Syria after the EU passed its 14th set of Syria sanctions. The latest sanctions included a ban on goods that could be used for oppression by the Syrian regime and an embargo of luxury goods. Language that the United States tried to add to a UN Security Council resolution last weekend threatening additional sanctions against the Assad regime if it continued the violence had to be removed due to Russian and Chinese objections.
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