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12 April 2017 In Coalition News

The Syrian Coalition hailed the new EU strategy on Syria as having a positive impact on the political process and the political solution required to put an end to the suffering of the Syrian people.

"The strategy the EU formulated on Syria came after several months of in-depth meetings between representatives of the Syrian Coalition and the Syrian interim government on one side and EU representatives in the Belgian capital of Brussels and Istanbul and Gaziantep,” said Riad Hasan, Secretary of the Coalition’s political committee.

Hasan pointed out that representatives of the local councils, the Coalition-run Assistance Coordination Unit, and civil society organizations participated in the meetings.

The Syrian representatives presented a comprehensive vision for the administration of the liberated areas as well as some regime-held areas that are accessible to the opposition, Hasan added.

The European Union announced it will support a number of vital projects aimed at restoring stability and development activities.

The European Union on April 3 announced a six-point strategy on Syria. The strategy, titled Elements for an EU Strategy for Syria, has set a top priority to end the war “through a genuine political transition” in line with UN Security Council resolution 2254.

The EU reaffirmed continued support for the Syrian opposition and in particular the High Negotiations Committee (HNC) as the opposition delegation in the UN-brokered talks in Geneva.

The EU's strategic objectives in Syria will also be focused on “saving lives by addressing the humanitarian needs of the most vulnerable Syrians across the country in a timely, effective, efficient and principled manner.”

The strategy also seeks to “promote democracy, human rights and freedom of speech by strengthening Syrian civil society organizations.”

Moreover, the EU strategy will be focused on promoting “accountability for war crimes with a view to facilitating a national reconciliation process and transitional justice.” It also included supporting “the resilience of the Syrian population and Syrian society.” (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department)

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