The war in Syria has entered another new phase, particularly after the US announcement of troop withdrawal. But a political solution to the crisis is still not in sight. It should be clear that the only sustainable way out is a negotiated solution, under the UN auspices. We will not tire of repeating this. Carving out spheres of influence in a partitioned Syria will not bring to peace, security and stability in the country and in the region.
There can be no European contribution to the reconstruction of Syria, as long as there is not a political transition firmly underway. While the Syrian regime does not engage in the UN-led process and as long as human rights continue to be violated this will not change.
The people of Syria need a negotiated political solution, that can lead to reconciliation, to reconstruction, and to an inclusive and democratic Syria.
This continues to be our goal, as Europeans, and I thank the European Parliament for your support in the preparations of the envisaged Syria conference.
Thank you very much.