Syria: EU response following US strike

April 7, 2017
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Reiterating its condemnation of the use of chemical weapons, the EU has confirmed that it was informed by the United States that the air strikes they had launched on the Shayrat Airfield in Syria “are limited and focused on preventing and deterring further use of chemical weapons atrocities.”

In a statement by EU High Representative Federica Mogherini, the EU stressed that it “firmly believes that there can be no military solution to the conflict and that it is committed to the unity, sovereignty, territorial integrity and independence of the Syrian State,” adding: “Only a credible political solution, as defined in UNSCR 2254 and the 2012 Geneva Communiqué will ensure peace and stability in Syria and enable a decisive defeat of Da’esh and other UN-designated terrorist groups in Syria.”

“The EU reiterates its support to the UN-mediated intra-Syrian talks in Geneva to reach a political solution to the Syrian conflict. This is even more urgent now, as reaffirmed by the International Conference “Supporting the future of Syria and the region” that the European Union hosted in Brussels on 4-5 April 2017.”

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Declaration by the High Representative on behalf of the EU on the alleged chemical attack in Idlib, Syria

Council conclusions on Syria (03/04/2017)

“Supporting the Future of Syria and the Region” Conference webpage

EEAS webpage on EU actions related to the Syria crisis.

Factsheet: The EU and the crisis in Syria

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