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Syria: allow humanitarian aid and start a political process, MEPs demand

MEPs call for respect for human rights and humanitarian law in Syria and support a political solution to the conflict, in a resolution voted on Thursday, while emphasizing that the two tracks should be kept separate.

The EU should play a leading role in preventing the armed conflict in Syria from spilling over into neighbouring countries, MEPs say. They also call on the Commission to present a comprehensive aid package to address the humanitarian crisis in Syria and its neighbouring countries.

MEPs insist that those responsible for the widespread, systemic and gross human rights violations committed in Syria over the past 24 months must be held accountable, backing calls to refer the situation to the International Criminal Court .

They acknowledge the resourcefulness of neighbouring countries in providing shelter and humanitarian aid for families fleeing the armed conflict in Syria, while expressing concern about the dangerous saturation point that those countries are approaching on account of the influx of Syrian refugees, which could set off unprecedented regional instability.

MEPs believe that the key to solving the conflict lies in political mechanisms facilitating a Syrian-led political process that will promote a swift, credible and effective political solution. However, the political track must be separated from the humanitarian one, which should help those in need, MEPS stress. They call again on the UN Security Council members, in particular Russia and China, to fulfil their responsibility to put an end to the violence and repression against the Syrian people.

The EU should take appropriate, responsible measures regarding the possible influx of refugees into its member states and it should support the establishment of safe havens along the Turkish-Syrian border and of humanitarian corridors by the international community, they add.

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