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Thursday, 18 September 2014 - Strasbourg Revised edition

Situation in Iraq and Syria and the ISIS offensive including the persecution of minorities (RC-B8-0109/2014, B8-0109/2014, B8-0110/2014, B8-0121/2014, B8-0130/2014, B8-0134/2014, B8-0137/2014, B8-0138/2014)

  Andi Cristea (S&D), in writing. – I am deeply concerned by the rapidly deteriorating security and humanitarian situation in Iraq and Syria resulting from the occupation of parts of their territories by IS, this being a direct threat to the security of the European countries. I strongly condemn the attacks perpetrated by IS against Iraqi and Syrian citizens, the serious violations of international human rights and humanitarian assistance committed in areas under the control of IS and associated groups, including targeted killings, forced conversions, abductions, selling of women, slavery of women and children, recruitment of children for suicide bombings, sexual and physical abuse, and torture.

I strongly support that the Commission should engage with partners, including international organisations, to prepare a comprehensive programme to address the need to protect women and children affected by armed conflict.

In the long term, I consider that a durable and inclusive political solution involving a peaceful transition to a genuinely representative government in Syria would help to neutralise the threat of IS and other extremist organisations. In this regard, the EU has to facilitate a regional dialogue on the problems facing the Middle East and include all significant parties.

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