Situation in Syria: - extracts from the statement by Catherine ASHTON, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the EC - MEP's debate

Type: News   Reference: 94473   Duration: 00:04:48  Lieu: Strasbourg, France - European Parliament
End production: 11/09/2013   First transmission: 11/09/2013
MEP's debated today on the situation in Syria after Russia’s proposal for Damascus to give up its chemical weapons under supervision from the international community. Catherine ASHTON, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the EC expressed her view on the following steps to be taken, whether MEP's exposed their worry about authentic engagement of Damascus if military threat would be lifted too soon.

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00:00:05 EXTERIOR SHOT of the European Parliament, Strasbourg. 00:00:05
00:00:10 SOUNDBITE (English) Catherine ASHTON, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy for the European Union : "I think it's very important to take this momentum and to use it. Because what we're seeing, for the first time in a long time, is the international community uniting towards an action in Syria. But as honourable members will be the first to say, we need to approach this with care and examine the development inn detail. First of all, to ensure that the Syrian regime not only sais that it will agree to international action, but it must do so quickly, fully and without conditions, to follow up with transparency and to make sure that it adheres to all the requirements. It needs to be a different response, in other words, from the response we had in the past : broken promises, obstacles in the way of international efforts." 00:00:55
00:01:05 SOUNDBITE (English) Catherine ASHTON, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy for the European Union : "It's extremely important that the ply to the refugees is not ignored and that we continue to find not only ways of putting more resources at the disposal of the refugees population, but of finding better and smarter and quicker ways to provide the resources that are needed, especially to the people who are suffering inside the country." 00:00:23
00:01:28 SOUNDBITE (English) Hannes SWOBODA (S&D, DE) : "Threats of military action have been expressed. There are many colleagues who have been discussing this long in our group, who have been for or against the military action but the threats here helped, that we have to confess. Because Russia would not have moved without the threats, and Assad wouldn't have move without the threats. But now we have to act, and we have to demand from Syria to follow with action against promises and words. Syria has to sign up the chemical weapon convention now, Syria has to hand over all chemical weapons, and I say all chemical weapons which have to be destructed under UN control." 00:00:43
00:02:11 SOUNDBITE (English) Guy VERHOFSTADT (ALDE, DE) : "We need a non-fly zone, we know what we need, if Assad can continue to use his airplanes, his helicopters, his missiles and his airports for that, this slaughter of the Syrian population shall simply continue, and you know that's the best way also to have a political deal. How you want him too make a political deal if there is no pressure behind it ? " 00:00:26
00:02:37 SOUNDBITE (English) Guy VERHOFSTADT (ALDE, DE) : "A political solution, in my opinion, Mrs Ashton, is a solution without Assad and without the Assad family. Yes, with the Alawi community that's obvious, naturally, but without the Assad family." 00:00:14
00:02:51 SOUNDBITE (German) Ulrike LUNACEK (Greens/EFA, DE) : English translation : "If there is a diplomatic solution, then the suffering of the refugees, the millions of men, women and children who are already under pressure, who have been injured, who had to leave their homes, they must also find a political solution there. And we must do more to help the refugees : only half of the 3.3 billions Euros have been pay out and member states should in fact be prepared to take on more refugees, it's not enough just to say that the neighbours can do what is necessary, this is something that we, in the Member States, in the union, should be obliged to : help these people out." 00:00:43
00:03:34 SOUNDBITE (German) Elmar BROK (EPP, DE) : English translation : "Europe must be prepared, people who are running for their lives should find shelter here in Europe, therefore we should seriously consider how we can deal with these refugees from war in our asylum systems, we should not be narrow minded here, it's not worthwhile for Europe." 00:00:19
00:03:53 SOUNDBITE (French) Véronique De Keyser (S&D, BE) : English translation : "Consensus is also the key when it comes to tackling second problems we have to look at, which is the war, which is a civil war manipulated by external protagonists, and in this case too, if we don't succeed in coming up with political consensus, bringing together all those involved in the country, including members from the Baas, including people that have been belonging to the government, there won't any peace in Syria. We too often forget that, in Spain, there was what was the historical compromise, you don't emerge intact from any kind of civil war, and the danger is that Syria is going to explode into a thousand pieces." 00:00:47
00:04:40 CUTAWAYS : 2 shots 00:00:08
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