Question for written answer to the Commission (Vice-President/High Representative) Rule 117 Barbara Matera (PPE) , Lara Comi (PPE) , Crescenzio Rivellini (PPE) , Clemente Mastella (PPE) , Paolo Bartolozzi (PPE) , Roberta Angelilli (PPE) , Mario Mauro (PPE) , Sergio Paolo Francesco Silvestris (PPE) , Antonio Cancian (PPE) and Alfredo Antoniozzi (PPE)
It has been reported that on 25 May 2012 armed forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad committed a massacre in Hula, province of Homs, Syria. The UN Human Rights Council has confirmed the official figures relating to the attack on the city in which 180 people were killed (including 49 children under the age of ten) by army artillery and tanks and 20 people were brutally killed in their own homes.
Following the immediate statements of strong international condemnation of the behaviour of the Assad government by many European and world leaders, Syrian diplomats have recently been expelled from certain Member States such as Italy, France, the United Kingdom, Germany, Spain, the Netherlands and Belgium, in addition to the United States, Australia and Canada.
In the light of the continuing violations of the ceasefire imposed on the Assad regime by the UN peace plan, and on the basis of the eye-witness accounts of ongoing attacks, such as the massacre of Al-Qubair on 7 June that killed 78 people, can the Vice-President/High Representative say:
whether the EU intends to appoint a special envoy to Syria, to address the gross violations of human rights and to strengthen the UN observer mission;
what measures the Commission intends to propose to the international community to resolve the civil conflict inside Syria, without ruling out any option under the NATO aegis?