Situation in Syria:
- extracts from the debate
EPRef89846 // European Parliament , Strasbourg, EP Plenary session -
Lieu: European Parliament , Strasbourg
End production: 16/01/2013 First transmission: 16/01/2013
The situation in Syria was debated in EP Plenary session.
Political group representatives and Irish Minister of State for European Affairs Lucinda Creighton, representing EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton discussed the political, military and humanitarian situation in Syria, and the efforts to end the bloodshed in Syria and secure its transition to democracy .
Only the original language version is authentic and it prevails in the event of its differing from the translated versions.
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||SOUNDBITE (English) by Lucinda CREIGHTON, Irish Minister of State for European Affairs Lucinda Creighton, representing EC Vice president and EU High Representative Catherine Ashton," The EU official's statement remains unambiguous, there is no future for Assad in the political future of Syria ."
SOUNDBITE (English) by Lucinda CREIGHTON, Irish Minister of State for European Affairs Lucinda Creighton representing EC Vice president and EU High Representative Catherine Ashton," Although financial assistance is part of the solution, it does help in easing some of the challenges."
||SOUNDBITE (English) by Lucinda CREIGHTON, Irish Minister of State for European Affairs Lucinda Creighton, representing EC Vice president and EU High Representative Catherine Ashton, "Today over 500 million Euro of which 350 million is in humanitarian aid go to long term actions of supporting refugees n Syrian youth and population particularly affected by the unrest"
||SOUNDBITE (English) by Lucinda CREIGHTON, Irish Minister of State for European Affairs Lucinda Creighton, representing EC Vice president and EU High Representative Catherine Ashton, "I know that some of you are of the opinion that today more direct military assistance to the opposition should be envisaged, but such an option is still very divisive and runs the risk of hardening the conflict ."
||SOUNDBITE (Spanish) José Ignacio SALAFRANCA SÁNCHEZ-NEYRA, (EPP, SP), "Let's not be under any illusion, citizens of the EU are not just expecting the union to respond to the serious humanitarian crisis, that is here, what they expect is that we should be able to put a stop to this blood bath."
||SOUNDBITE (French) Veronique DE KEYSER, (S&D, BE), "If you take stock of the diplomatic solution , we heard about 500.000 refugees, there are more, those are the ones that have been countered, if you see the staggering number of casualties and the blood letting at the university of Aleppo, whether it be a terrorist attack, whether it be from the regime, or caused by al Qaida, and you see what the Russians are doing who are embedded in Syria and what they are doing to help Assad air defences , and you see Qatar and Saudi Arabia's involvement, people are actually installed in Syria and are making the situation totally unmanageable. when you at that you really have to wonder whether time is really on our side?."
||SOUNDBITE (Dutch) Marietje SCHAAKE , (ALDE, NL), "Let us at least take the initiative now for UN Security Council Resolution that will ensure aid can reach people. this will be non controversial, at least in comparison with the discussions around a political discussion and could push aid through."
||SOUNDBITE (Dutch) Marietje SCHAAKE , (ALDE, NL), " Another question is why Sweden is the only European member state not in favour of referring Assad to the ICC? What is the reason for the lack of unity among the Member States. We lust save the Syrians who are crushed, freezing and starving between a murderous regime and increasingly radicalized armed opposition."
||SOUNDBITE (French) Hélène FLAUTRE (Greens/EFA, FR)," We also have a problem with delivery of this humanitarian aid. Most of it is channelled through the Syrian Red Crescent which is a mouth piece for the regime now given that the regime systematically destroys, bombs bakeries to trigger famine , how can such a regime ensure impartial, fair distribution of humanitarian aid that we deliver.
||SOUNDBITE (French) Hélène FLAUTRE(Greens/EFA, FR), " I don't think we should stay the current course when it comes to our approach on arms. The opposition is securing weapons from various Gulf states, there is the risks that some of the groups will become influenced Islamists. so we are facing a paradoxical situation, I expect the Council on the 31st January to examine this matter and reach a decision , our current approach is counter productive."
SOUNDBITE (English) Kristalina GEORGIEVA , European Commission, "There are atrocities also performed on the other side of the fighting lines. and that makes conditions for the delivery of Humanitarian aid particularly difficult;"
||SOUNDBITE (English) Kristalina GEORGIEVA , European Commission, "We are now faced with starvation in places of most severe fightings."
||SOUNDBITE (English) Kristalina GEORGIEVA , European Commission," The health system of Syria is gone, not only wounded don't get help but vaccination and immunization has practically stopped, yes we are facing a great humanitarian crisis and it is absolutely paramount that we work hard for the only way for this crisis to end and it is unfortunately not in the hands of humanitarians. It is in hands of politicians. Some have spoken here of military option. We have been in the Libyan crisis , and I can tell you Syria is not Libya, Syria is better militarily , When I talk to people in the region they tell me if there was a military action they fear it would lead to unleashing chemical weapons and with the humanitarian consequences much graver than, what we currently have."
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