Congressional committee to vote on the Syria Accountability Act

08 October 2003
The US Congressional Committee on International Relations will vote on 8 October on whether to approve the Syria Accountability and Lebanese Sovereignty Acts. The committee may give the government the green light to pursue bilateral sanctions with Damascus if it does not comply with the bill. The act calls on Syria to 'halt support for terrorism, end its occupation of Lebanon, stop its development of weapons of mass destruction, cease its illegal importation of Iraqi oil and illegal shipments of weapons and other military items to Iraq, and by so doing, hold Syria accountable for the serious international security problems it has caused in the Middle East'. The bill also states that Syria has provided safe haven and logistics support to a number of terrorist groups.

The bill is likely to be approved as 34 of the 45 members sitting on the congressional committee have already signed it. If the act is passed, it will be referred to the House of Representatives, then the Senate, and finally the President for approval.

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