President of the Syrian Coalition Anas Alabdah called upon the European Union to play a more active role in Syria at the political level and help find a political settlement that puts an end to the suffering of the Syrian people and allow for the rebuilding of Syria’s infrastructure and society.
At a joint press conference with head of the EU Chair of the Foreign Affairs Committee Elmar Brok earlier today, Alabdah thanked the European Union for supporting the Syrian people during the last five years, especially the humanitarian support the EU has provided. Alabdah expressed hope that this support will continue.
For his part, Brok said that the European Union strongly supports a road map for a peaceful solution in Syria “to build a county on better bases of democracy, the rule of law and human rights.” Brok expressed hope that “a ceasefire, which is a condition to establish that, will become more stable so that conflicting sides sit at the negotiations table which is the only chance to overcome the situation in Syria.”
Brok added: “We in the European Union are ready to support that, and I think that the Europeans should take more responsibility then because this is our neighborhood and this is in our interest.”
Brok called for coordinated efforts by the EU to increase support for Syrian refugees.
A delegation of the Syrian Coalition, led by President Alabdah, met with a number of EU officials in Brussels on Monday, including the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini. During the meeting, Alabdah said that Assad has destroyed Syria, and he is now seeking to undermine the truce and, consequently, the whole political process. (Source: Syrian Coalition)