terça-feira, 13 de outubro de 2015

Luxembourg: European diplomacy chiefs discuss situation in Syria

The situation in Syria and, in particular, Russia's military intervention in the country are strong dishes of the meeting which brings together, this Monday, the Foreign Ministers of the European Union in Luxembourg.

Upon arrival, the head of Luxembourg's diplomacy, Jean Asselborn, did not hide his concern: "From a military point of view it would be very bad or even fatal, to tell you the truth, if another ten or hundred thousand Syrians became refugees because of uncoordinated attacks."

The French side also heard words in critical tone about alleged Russian support to the regime of Bashar al-Assad and about attacks on other targets than the positions of the self-styled Islamic State.

"Russia does not reach the self-styled Islamic State and supports the regime of Bashar al-Assad. Therefore, we demand, and let's say it clearly in the conclusions that will be adopted this Monday at the Council of Foreign Ministers of the European Union, which Russia also contribute to a political solution, "said Harlem Désir, French State Secretary for European Affairs.

Bashar al-Assad is a key player at the end of the conflict, but according to the head of British diplomacy, Philip Hammond, it is clear that there are no conditions for the continuity of the President in front of the country: "we cannot work with Assad for a long-term solution for Syria. We can be flexible about the form of the output, we can be flexible about the timing, but when working with Assad we're just driving the opposition to the arms of the self-styled Islamic State. "

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