EU backs cessation of hostilities in Syria and calls for resumption of intra-Syrian negotiations

September 12, 2016
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EU High Representative Federica Mogherini has welcomed the agreement announced by the United States and Russia reinstating the cessation of hostilities in Syria and has urged all parties in the conflict to “now ensure its effective implementation in order to restore the cessation of hostilities, enable the lifting of all sieges and allow sustained, countrywide humanitarian access to those in need as well as progress on the issue of detainees and missing persons.”

Mogherini reminded in a statement that “there can be no military solution to the conflict and that the elimination of Da’esh and other UN-listed terrorist entities in Syria also requires a political solution to the civil war.”
She joined the United States and Russia, as co-chairs of the International Syria Support Group (ISSG), in “urging the UN to prepare a proposal for political transition, based on relevant UN Security Council Resolutions and input given by the Syrian parties, including that issued by the High Negotiations Committee.”
The proposal should serve as the starting point for resumption of the intra-Syrian talks as direct negotiations facilitated by the UN Special Envoy Staffan de Mistura who has our full support. The EU stands ready to fully and actively support these negotiations in close coordination with the UN Envoy and the two ISSG co-chairs. The EU is also ready to provide support to stabilisation and reconstruction, once a political transition has started,” concluded the statement.(EU Neighbourhood Info)
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European Commission – Factsheet – The European Union and Syria 
European Commission Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection – Syrian crisis factsheet  

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