EU-28 foreign ministers: No role for Assad in Syria’s future

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Syrian celeberates with flags and Syrian President Bashar Assad posters in Qudsaya city, in the southwestern countryside of Damascus, Syria, 17 October 2016.

EU-28 foreign ministers: No role for Assad in Syria’s future


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“It seems completely unrealistic to believe that the future of Syria will be exactly the same as it used to be in the past,” said the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini.

Mogherini spoke on the occasion of the Foreign Affairs Council, one day before 70 foreign affairs ministers and partners gather to Brussels on the occasion of the ahead of the Brussels Conference on supporting the future of Syria and the region, which is scheduled for April 4-5.

“But this is for the Syrians to decide, that is clear.” “Any solution that can be acceptable by all Syrians, we will support it,” added Mogherini from Luxembourg.

Foreign Affairs Ministers ask for political change in Syria

“The EU recalls that there can be no lasting peace in Syria under the current regime,” say the conclusions of Monday’s Foreign Affairs Council in Luxembourg.

EU’s foreign affairs ministers met in Luxembourg on April’s reunion in a meeting where conclusions on EU’s position on Syria were anticipated.

It said some 13.5 million Syrians were now in need of humanitarian assistance inside Syria while another five million had sought refuge in neighbors, such as Turkey and other regional countries.

Gabriel’s take on Assad’s future

German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel said the changed US position might be “more realistic.” While Gabriel said not insisting Assad step down from the start would limit the risk of deadlock, he also warned the US that the Syrian leader must be held accountable for his crimes.

“This cannot be abandoned or subordinated to the conflict against Islamic State,” he added.

“But there is one thing which cannot happen – that a dictator who committed horrible crimes in the region remains untouched,” Gabriel said. The UN peace talks should continue with the aim of producing a “new constitution, elections and a new and democratic government,” added Gabriel.

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