News

Ashton: Syrian government failing to meet commitments amid continuing violence

The Syrian government is failing to meet its commitments under Kofi Annan's plan, despite the presence on the ground of UN observers, EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton has warned, saying she was extremely concerned about the situation.
 
In a statement issued on 27 April, the EU's High Representative for Foreign Affairs called on all sides immediately to cease all forms of violence: "I am extremely concerned about the continued violence in Syria in violation of the ceasefire which should have come into effect on 12 April and despite the presence on the ground of UN observers."
 
She added: "It is clear that the Syrian government is not fulfilling its obligations and is failing to meet its commitments to withdraw its troops and heavy weapons from population centres. Therefore, I urge once more the Syrian authorities to fully respect the terms of the agreement with the UN and immediately and fully comply with Kofi Annan’s plan endorsed by UNSC resolutions 2042 and 2043."
 
"The Syrian Government must ensure that the ceasefire holds," Ashton said. "It must also release detainees, provide access for journalists, ensure freedom to demonstrate peacefully and allow humanitarian assistance. I am very concerned at reports suggesting that the numbers of detainees have sharply increased since the agreement of the ceasefire." (EU Neighbourhood Info)
 
Read more
 
Ashton statement
 
EU Neighbourhood Info Centre – EU steps up sanctions against Syrian regime (23-04-12)
 
Factsheet - The European Union and Syria (01-03-12)
 
European External Action Service – Frequently Asked Questions on EU restrictive measures against the Syrian regime
 
EU Neighbourhood Info Centre webpage – Syria
 
 

NEWS
European Endowment for Democracy visits Palestine to identify areas of support
On its first mission to the occupied Palestinian territories, the European...
Cooperating with civil society in the Mediterranean: a new challenge for the EU
The EU Neighbourhood Info Centre has released a 3.37-minute video highlighting...
Tunisia: twinning project on animal health presents achievements and explores future actions
An EU-funded twinning project dealing with animal health in Tunisia has just...
FEATURES
Wineries, arts and crafts and agro-tourism on the biblical hills of Israel
As the numbers employed in traditional agriculture steadily decline, Israel's...
Three questions to the EU ambassador in Tunisia, Laura Baeza
Strengthening governance and civil society and supporting socio-economic...
Three Questions to the EU Ambassador in Egypt, James Moran
EU addressing institutional reforms and development, inclusive economic...
PUBLICATIONS
EU Neighbourhood Info Centre flash report
EU Neighbourhood Info Centre flash report, highlighting activities over the...
The European Neighbourhood Instrument (ENI) Infographic
An infographic on the new European Neighbourhood Instrument (ENI), which came...
ENP Map
The EU Neigbourhood Policy (ENP) Map is produced by the EU External Action...
LINKS