Situation of Syrian refugees in neighboring countries:
- extracts from the debate
Lieu: Strasbourg, France - European Parliament
End production: 22/05/2013 First transmission: 22/05/2013
The plight of Syrian refugees in neighbouring countries was debated in the presence of Commissioner Štefan FÜLE in plenary session. Recent reports suggest that there are now over 1.3 million refugees registered and awaiting registration in Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey, Iraq, Egypt and North Africa. Furthermore, 7 000 refugees are crossing the boarders everyday from Syria to these countries. The UN predicts that 3.5 million refugees will have left Syria by the end of this year. According to UN figures, an estimated 6.8 million people are affected by the ongoing violence in Syria, with 4.25 million people having been displaced within the country.
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||Exterior view of the EP, Strasbourg
||SOUNDBITE (English) Štefan FÜLE EU Commissioner, representing the VPC/HR
Keeping the political track alive is paramount for the EU . Next week Foreign Affairs council discussion will take stocks of where we stand. They will also tackle the
political sensitive issue of adaptation of the EU sanctions regime. The EU should continue its engagements with the national coalition of Syrian revolutionary and opposition forces. We are remaining open to cooperation with other moderate groups.
||SOUNDBITE (Spanish) José Ignacio SALAFRANCA SÁNCHEZ-NEYRA (EPP, ES)
There is a clear position between Russia's position and rest of the western world on Bashar al-Assad's future. I think there is agreement in the international community to try to stop the chaos in Syria. There is a need to prevent chaos and to prevent any Islamic games there. Let's put an end to this massacre and these atrocities. It's seems Commissioner, that over and above humanitarian aid the EU even is doing a good job, but the EU is beeping eclipsed instead of being involved for a practical solution.
||SOUNDBITE (French) Véronique DE KEYSER (S&D , BE)
The member states are seriously blocking from accepting Syrian refugees, including deserters form Bashar's army. They in fact have the rights to be asylum seekers. We are about to have 1.5 to 2 millions people outside Syria and the North African neighbouring countries depend on international aid. We don't seeing a good deal in the way of solidarity. Any escalading of violence will swell their ranks further and the situation can generally be described as explosive. While waiting for the theoretical results for this second Geneva conference, which may well produce the same as last year, the European Parliament will like to appeal to the international community and to become aware of how dramatic the situation is and to take on the responsibility.
||SOUNDBITE (English) Marietje SCHAAKE( ALDE NL)
For over two years we have witnessed how Syrian's were murdered in the most brutal way. The conflict is radicalizing rapidly and the Syrian people are crushed, a regional disaster is looming.
The corps of boys and mans were revealed by a retirement water of a river, hands lies behind their back, bullet hols in their scalps. children slaughter in the arms of their mothers. There are 80.000 people dead at least, and most of them are civilians.
||SOUNDBITE French) Hélène FLAUTRE (Greens/ALE , FR)
Its quite clear to us that we need to raise that embargo we've got to support the opposition. Anyway we can include military means. Otherwise we are simply going to be sitting back and helping to the massacre of this populations!
In this region , in Syria, Christians of the east are starting to take arms, along side Syrian rebels to get read of Hezbollah . We shouldn't misunderstand the situation. We can't underestimate the efforts that we have to bring on board here, from humanitarian, political and military perspective.
||SOUNDBITE German ) Elmar BROK (EPP , DE)
We see the consequence of the Russian policy on arms selling. We also see a vision that it's divided. We find it difficult to find, there is a limit to the prospect of a democratic development and there fore we will have to deal with the question of refugees for long time, unfortunately.
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