Procedure : 2013/2819(RSP)
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Document selected : B7-0426/2013

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See also joint motion for a resolution RC-B7-0413/2013

to wind up the debate on the statement by the Vice-President of the Commission / High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy

pursuant to Rule 110(2) of the Rules of Procedure

on the situation in Syria (2013/2819(RSP))

José Ignacio Salafranca Sánchez-Neyra, Mairead McGuinness, Elmar Brok, Cristian Dan Preda, Ria Oomen-Ruijten, Arnaud Danjean, Jacek Protasiewicz, Gunnar Hökmark, Hans-Gert Pöttering, Roberta Angelilli, Eleni Theocharous, Eduard Kukan, Tokia Saïfi, Tunne Kelam, Bernd Posselt, Anne Delvaux, Lena Kolarska-Bobińska on behalf of the PPE Group

European Parliament resolution on the situation in Syria (2013/2819(RSP))  

The European Parliament,

–   having regard to its previous resolutions on Syria,

–   having regard to the statements by EU High Representative Catherine Ashton on the latest reports of the use of chemical weapons in Damascus of 21 August 2013, on the high urgency of a political solution to the Syrian conflict of 23 August 2013, and reflecting the agreed position of the EU on Syria of 7 September 2013,

–   having regard to Rule 110(2) of its Rules of Procedure,

A. whereas activists have said that rockets with chemical agents hit the Damascus suburbs of Ain Tarma, Zamalka and Jobar on 21 August 2013 during a fierce pre-dawn bombardment by government forces;

B.  whereas, according to the United Nations, since the start of the violent crackdown on peaceful protesters in Syria in March 2011, more than 100 000 people, most of them civilians, have been killed;

1.  Strongly condemns the mass killing of civilians with chemical weapons on 21 August 2013 which, according to Western intelligence, resulted in the death of at least 1 400 people, 400 of whom were children;

2.  Believes that the use of chemical weapons, being a means of atomic, biological and chemical mass destruction, cannot remain unanswered and that the international community has a moral duty to react to protect the civilian population;

3.  Welcomes the mission of the United Nations chemical weapons inspection team in Syria; calls on the United Nations to complete the investigation and assess responsibilities; calls for the report of the inspection team to be sent as soon as possible to the UN Security Council; asks the members of the UN Security Council to discuss the mass killing in Syria on the basis of the conclusions of the United Nations panel of experts and to assess what measures could be adopted to respond to the use of chemical weapons in Syria;

4.  Welcomes the EU position on Syria agreed at the informal meeting of EU Foreign Ministers on 7 September 2013; stresses that the situation in Syria warrants a coherent common approach by the Member States; calls on the EU and its Member States to further discuss the situation in Syria in the framework of the Foreign Affairs Council and to assess what measures the EU could adopt to support the democratic forces in the Syrian opposition, facilitate dialogue and a common approach with other members of the international community such as the United States, Russia, Turkey and the Arab League, and provide further humanitarian assistance to the population in Syria and in neighbouring countries;

5.  Believes that the international community at large should define a political solution for Syria which can stop the violence, prevent the further use of chemical weapons and promote a democratic transition;

6.  Calls, in particular, on Russia and China, as permanent Members of the UN Security Council, to face their responsibility and to facilitate the achievement of a common position and a diplomatic solution to the Syrian crisis;

7.  Stresses that, if the evidence confirms the use of such weapons of mass destruction by the Assad regime, an immediate ultimatum should be issued to the regime to place its stockpile of chemical agents under international control – which could involve Russia; underlines the fact that the regime should also agree unconditionally to join the political peace process in Geneva;

8.  Instructs its President to forward this resolution to the Council, the Commission, the Vice‑President of the Commission / High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, the parliaments and governments of the Member States, the Secretary-General of the United Nations and all the parties involved in the conflict in Syria.

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