Syrian humanitarian crisis our main concern: EU high representative

Ahram Online , Monday 27 Feb 2012

EU urges Assad regime to allow humanitarian agencies and Arab League unhindered access inside Syria

The European Union supports the Arab League’s initiative to end the Syrian regime's crackdown on peaceful protesters, the EU High Representative Catherine Ashton said on Monday.

Ashton said the 'Friends of Syria' meeting held in Tunis on Friday discussed how to pressure the Syrian regime to end violence against civilians.

The EU, she noted, supported the appointment of Kofi Annan as UN and Arab League envoy for Syria.

“We will continue looking at what we can do, especially sanctions and helping humanitarian organisations do their job,” said Ashton.

She added that during the 'Friends of Syria' meeting the group discussed urgent proposals to stop the violence and alleviate the “suffering of the Syrian population” through humanitarian assistance.

“The humanitarian situation and lack of access to food and medical supplies is our most urgent and immediate concern. The army and military forces must withdraw from all besieged towns and cities and humanitarian agencies and the Arab League must be allowed unhindered access,” she said.

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