Mogherini looks for “common ground” in Syria

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Federica Mogherini, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy / Vice-President of the EC spoke to parliament about the situation in Syria during a debate today:

“Over the last few days there has been a new escalation of violence against the eastern neighbourhood of Aleppo. The resumption of air strikes has worsen the humanitarian situation even further, particularly because it has left hundreds of thousands of besieged civilians without access to functioning hospitals. Together with Christos Stylianides – which I would like to praise – and together with the UN, we are working literally day and night to create the conditions to let humanitarian aid in and to let the wounded out of East Aleppo.

“The delivery of humanitarian aid is proving to be a very difficult exercise due to the lack of a broader political agreement on the secession of hostilities, and we have realised very clearly this last couple of month that the military to military work on the secession of hostilities is more and more difficult in the absence of a wider political understanding on the future of Syria. So what we risk is a vicious circle. This is why, after having discussed this with the foreign ministers and with the heads of states and governments in the Foreign Affair Council and the European Council, I have started a reach-out to the key regional actors on the future of Syria.

“The focus of this out-reach is on the future of Syria, looking in particular at the post conflict end state. What I’m trying to do is to identify areas of common ground and possible of elements of positive agenda with all the key actors. The issues that we are discussing in the framework of this out-reach include political accountability, decentralisation or devolution, participation and protection of all component of the very diverse Syrian society – I know that this hemicycle is particularly attentive to the situation of Christians in the region, this is also part of our out-reach – reconciliation, especially the local exercises of reconciliation, and economic reconstruction.”

Other speakers were Cristian Dan Preda(EPP, RO), Victor Bostinaru (S&D, RO) Charles Tannock (ECR, UK), Marietje Schaake (ALDE, NL) and Yannick Jadot(Greens/EFA, FR).