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SYRIA: EU, “political solution” – Italy chimes in on EU approach

Italy’s position, i.e. the need to seek a political solution to the crisis, was in accordance with those of the EU foreign ministers who met over the weekend in Dublin. Indeed, the conclusion of the informal meeting was that the European Union confirms the will to find a “political solution” to the dramatic situation in Syria.

The route to a “political solution”

The route to a political solution that includes support for the opposition coalition and the formation of a transitional government while safeguarding the moderate leadership, were elements reiterated by Minister Terzi, who participated in the informal meeting of EU foreign ministers.

The approach emerged in Rome

The approach emerged from a 28 February meeting in Rome whose participants included US Secretary of State John Kerry and moderate Syrian leader Moaz al-Khatib. During the two-day meeting in Dublin, EU High Representative Catherine Ashton underscored that the weapons “embargo chapter” and sanctions were only a part of European efforts. “The goal is to achieve a political solution”, the EU diplomatic representative said, “that leads to halting the massacre and authorizes the swift and effective supply of humanitarian aid”, with particular care for children.