The foreign ministers made the appeal at a meeting of the Foreign Affairs Council of the EU in Luxembourg, where they adopted Council Conclusions on Syria.
“There cannot be a lasting peace in Syria under the present leadership and until the legitimate grievances and aspirations of all components of the Syrian society are addressed,” said the meeting’s conclusion document on Syria.
According to the conclusion, the foreign ministers upheld that only a Syrian-led political process leading to a peaceful and inclusive transition, based on the principles of the Geneva communique of June 30,2012, will bring back stability to Syria.
“The EU will sustain its support to the moderate opposition, including the SOC, and recalls that it is a vital element in fighting extremism and has a key role to play in the political transition,” it said.
The document further called on the international community to “unite around two complementary and interlinked tracks — a political one that aims to bring an end to the civil war by addressing all the root causes of the conflict and establish an inclusive political transition process that will restore peace to the country — and a security one to focus on the fight against the regional and global threat of Da’esh (IS group).”
Regarding the recent Russian air raids against IS, the EU foreign ministers said that Russian moves “go beyond Dae’sh and other UN-designated terrorist groups, as well as on the moderate opposition, are of deep concern, and must cease immediately,” saying that “Russian violations of the sovereign airspace of neighboring countries” must cease too.
“The EU calls on Russia to focus its efforts on the common objective of achieving a political solution to the conflict,” it said.
Western politicians and media kept accusing Russia of launching strikes against facilities irrelevant with IS and causing civilian losses since it started operations in Syria on Sept. 30.
To prove that Russia was indeed striking IS targets, Moscow proposed to Washington and its allies involved in the U.S.-led coalition to share reconnaissance on Syria. Russia’s proposal, however, was rejected, according to Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov. Enditem