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Syria: The European Parliament calls on EU to support the opposition (Schulz)

The European Parliament calls on EU countries to support the forces of the Syrian opposition, said its president Martin Schulz on Thursday in Strasbourg.

“The European Parliament urges the EU and its member countries to help strengthen the unity of the Syrian forces in opposition to the regime, they are inside the country or abroad,” said M.Schulz on the occasion of the adoption by Parliament of a resolution on Syria.

The document denounces the violence raging in Syria and called on President Bashar al-Assad to relinquish power.

President of the European Parliament has described as “absurd” the proposal to Assad to hold a referendum on a draft new constitution as the country is engulfed by war.

M.Schulz expressed his conviction that the meeting next week in Tunisia from the “Friends of Syria” would help find ways to defuse the crisis.

The Syrian government has announced a February 26 referendum on a draft new constitution that would end the monopoly of the Baath Party, in power for nearly 50 years.

Since mid-March 2011, Syria has been rocked by a protest movement against the regime. According to the UN, the suppression of the revolt would have already killed more than 5,400. In addition, nearly 2,000 police and Syrian military were killed by insurgents.

On Saturday February 4, Russia and China blocked, the second time, the adoption of a resolution condemning repression in Syria, Moscow and Beijing are concerned about a possible remake of “Libyan scenario”.

 

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