Sunday, January 22, 2006

Halts All
With Iran
And Syria

Thanks to Islamophobic for sending this over to me:

Swiss banking giant UBS AG said Sunday it has stopped doing business with Iran because of the company's economic and risk analysis of the situation in the country.

UBS will no longer deal with individuals, companies or state institutions such as Iran's central bank, company spokesman Serge Steiner said. A similar policy is also being implemented in the case of Syria, he said.

All existing business with customers in Iran will be canceled, but Iranians in exile are not affected by the decision, Steiner said, confirming an article in Swiss weekly SonntagsZeitung.

"It is a carefully prepared measure that has been under consideration since last fall," Steiner said. Iran is under increasing international pressure over its nuclear program and mindful of the freezing of its U.S. assets after the 1979 seizure of the American Embassy in Tehran.

The nation has an estimated $50 billion in European banks and Iran's Central Bank governor said over the weekend that it will move its reserves quickly if it deems it necessary to do so. Steiner declined to specify the volume of business affected by the bank's decision.

Switzerland has not exactly been on the side of good over the years. Too often, there "neutrality" has merely been a marketing niche, which puts them in the right place at the right time to profit off of evil.

Pamela is also suspicious.