20/11/2012 - Foreign Affairs Council (FAC)
Syria: EU welcomes opposition agreement
At the meeting of the EU's Foreign Affairs Council, ministers highlighted the EU's support for the efforts of Joint Special Representative Lakhdar Brahimi in finding a political solution and welcomed the agreement reached by the Syrian opposition forces, whom the EU considers "legitimate representatives of the aspirations of the Syrian people".
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The agreement of the opposition forces, ministers stated, "represents a major step towards the necessary unity of the Syrian opposition". The EU is looking forward to the coalition continuing to work for full inclusiveness and to endorse the principles of human rights and democracy.
As regards the region, the EU is appalled by the worsening situation in Syria and deeply concerned about the implications of the Syrian crisis for security and stability. It "remains committed to the sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity of Syria".
With the humanitarian situation deteriorating and winter approaching fast, the EU has pledged to further increase humanitarian assistance and calls on all donors "to do the same". Ministers also stressed that all parties must abide by international humanitarian law and protect medical staff and facilities accordingly.
The EU as a whole has already committed more than EUR 228 million in humanitarian assistance and other aid to Syrians inside and outside Syria and is the largest humanitarian donor in the Syrian crisis.