EU: liberation of Raqqa a decisive step to eliminate threat of Da’esh in Syria
October 23, 2017
The liberation of Raqqa – thanks to the joint efforts of the Syrian Democratic Forces and the Global Coalition to counter Da’esh – is a decisive step towards eliminating the threat of Da’esh in Syria and Iraq and freeing their people from its arbitrary rule, EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said in a statement on Friday.
“The European Union, as a non-military member of the global coalition against Da’esh, has actively supported the defeat of Da’esh in Syria and has been assisting the population affected as the leading donor in humanitarian support,” the EU High Representative said, adding it was essential to protect the civilian population in Raqqa city and in the governorate as a whole and to assist the most vulnerable population.
“Swift action is needed now to stabilise the liberated areas and support early recovery, both of which require the re-establishment of a representative and accountable local administration in order to enable the provision of services to the population, allow the safe and dignified return of displaced populations and prevent the resurgence of violent extremism,” Mogherini said.
“Beyond this victory, a lasting peace in Syria will be achieved only through a national political agreement brokered by the United Nations in Geneva,” she concluded.