European Summit: “Our action in Syria was not as effective as we would have liked”
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    European Summit: “Our action in Syria was not as effective as we would have liked”

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    Tusk acknowledges that Europe's action in Syria was not as effective as he would have hoped.
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    Yesterday evening (Thursday) the European Council President, Donald Tusk, commented that the European Union wants “immediate opening up” of humanitarian corridors. This will make it possible to send humanitarian aid to Aleppo, but also “to civilians evacuating the town under international supervision.”

    “Faced with the brutality of the Syrian regime and supporters thereof, in particular Russia and Iran, our action has not been as effective as we would have wished,” Mr Tusk acknowledged.

    He gave assurances that the EU would continue to use all diplomatic channels to attain its objectives.

    He insisted, “Civilian safety is our priority.” He added, “The Syrian conflict cannot simply be ended by the use of force. The EU has neither the intention, or indeed the capacity, to use such methods.”

    He called for Europe not to be rebuked, since it is “not responsible for the situation in Aleppo and other parts of Syria.”

    The Mayor of Aleppo-East Brita Hagi Hasan, in Brussels yesterday, had called in the lead-in to the summit of European leaders, that they should all act with a view to coming to the aid of the anguished populations in the city.

    Hagi Hasan stated, “We are expecting action [from Europe] not words.”

    Lars Andersen
    The Brussels Times