The EU top diplomat Federica Mogherini called for re-launch of Geneva peace talks on Syria as the way out of the crisis, putting end to the protracted conflict, during press-conference on Syria in Brussels. Assessing the outcome of the meeting she reminded about recent international tensions related to allegations of Syrian governmental use of chemical weapons.”Nobody expected breakthrough” she said, explaining the aims of the the II Conference on Syria (#SyriaConf2018) taking place in Brussels on 24-25 of April as a humanitarian assistance endeavour. She also insisted that there is no military solution to Syrian conflict, adding that current event brought different parties at the table “respectfully” listening to each other, which is a step in a right direction.
“The United Nations and our humanitarian partners deliver life-saving assistance and protection to 7.5 million people every month in . We will continue to try and reach more people in need” – under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator Mark Lowcock said during press-conference in Brussels. He thanked Germany, as the major donor, the EU, the UK of “exceptionally large” pledges, insuring that this “money will make a difference to people”.
The UN special Envoy Staffan de Mistura repeatedly through his intervention called on major players in the region to make their contributions to the cause of peace and allow humanitarian efforts Syria to prepare the ground for a political negotiated solution to end the war, which has already claimed lives of more than half a million Syrian, and left millions homeless.
The UN Envoy also suggested more efforts should be done to enlarge the participation in Astana talks, promoted by Russia, Iran, and Turkey, focusing on ceasefire and creation of de-escalation zones.
However De Mistura put a special accent on a political de-escalation among major foreign players in the region, which is a necessary context to ensure military de-escalation. He regretted recent international tensions as detrimental to the cause of peace in Syria.
“I would like to start from the first one that will be the main highlight of the day: Syria. We will adopt Council Conclusions; we will reiterate our common position that I stated on behalf of the 28 Member States in the last couple of days, especially on the use of chemical weapons and our reaction to that. But most of all, we will work to prepare the second Brussels Conference on “Supporting the Future of Syria and the region” next week, so that it can be the opportunity to relaunch the UN-led political process.” – said Federica Mogherini, the EU top diplomat ahead of the Foreign ministers Council.
“I had the opportunity to discuss this yesterday with Staffan de Mistura [UN Special Envoy for Syria] and all our Arab partners in Saudi Arabia, where I was invited to open the League of Arab States Summit, and it seems to me very clear that there is the need to give a push to the relaunch of the UN-led political process in this moment. Next week, we will have more than 70 delegations for an EU-UN chaired Conference that, next to the humanitarian pledges, will also focus on how to relaunch the intra-Syrian political talks – meaningful political talks.”
“The agreement is basically broadly holding, quite well. In all agreements there is a period of adjustment, we are watching very carefully, but we can say we believe it has fairly good chances of working out” – said U.N. envoy Staffan de Mistura told a news conference on Syria.
Agreements to de-escalate the fighting could simplify the conflict and lead to a phase of stabilizing the country, but such deals must be an interim measure and avoid partition, de Mistura suggested.
Addressing the start of five days of peace talks in Geneva, de Mistura told the discussions were taking place in Amman to monitor implementation of a U.S.-Russian imposed ceasefire for southwest Syria, the first peacemaking effort of the war by the U.S. government under President Donald Trump.
A second round of meetings in the framework of the European Union’s Regional Initiative on the future of Syria begins this week. A series of bilateral meetings at the level of senior officials will take place between the European Union and representatives of the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of Iran, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt, Jordan and Lebanon, and in the coming days with Turkey and Qatar.
The EU top diplomat Federica Mogherini proposed an initiative on the future of Syria with key regional players to the attention of the EU Heads of State and Government by the end of last year, they approved of it and suggested to develop it further. As follows Mogherini had a first round of talks with the Foreign ministers of Iran, Saudi Arabia, Emirates, Turkey, Lebanon, Egypt, Jordan, and Qatar.
The major objective of the Syria initiative is to identify common ground on the post-conflict arrangements, and further to enhance the reconciliation and reconstruction once a credible political transition is firmly under way. The initiative is conducted in full coordination and support of the intra-Syrian talks that will be held by the UN Special Envoy Staffan de Mistura in Geneva in February, and in view of the Brussels Conference on Syria and the region.