EU, US stress the need for political transition in Syria

Author : Mircea Birca | Wednesday, March 26, 2014
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The Geneva negotiation process is “crucial for achieving a genuine political transition in Syria,” the EU and US stated in a joint statement after their summit in Brussels Wednesday afternoon.

“The onus is on the Syrian regime to engage constructively with the process and take part in meaningful negotiations towards political transition as set out in the Geneva Communique. Any elections in Syria should only take place within this framework,” noted the statement.

“We demand all parties, in particular the Syrian regime, allow unhindered delivery of humanitarian aid and medical care countrywide and across borders and including areas under siege, ” it said.

The EU and US expressed concern that there are delays in the transfer process of chemical weapons out of Syria, and urged Syria to comply with its obligations under UN Security Council Resolution 2118 and the decisions of the OPCW Executive Council to verifiably eliminate its chemical weapons program in the shortest time possible. “We will also continue, through the UN human rights bodies, to press for an end to and accountability for the grave human rights abuses and serious violations of international humanitarian law in Syria,” said the statement.

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