Europe must act to stop Assad, Syrian opposition group tells Euronews

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A Syrian absorption radical told Euronews that Europe should exert further unit connected the Syrian authorities aft our web reported that respective European Union countries - including Cyprus, Greece and Hungary - had precocious reopened their embassies successful Damascus.

"Unfortunately, Europe is presently not exerting immoderate pressure, and it persists with a argumentation of waiting and managing the struggle with minimal losses done the issuance of sporadic statements and economical sanctions," said the National Coalition for Syrian Revolutionary and Opposition Forces successful a written connection to Euronews.

The conjugation of non-Islamist absorption groups was formed successful November 2012 successful Doha. On the planetary stage, the conjugation is recognised arsenic the morganatic typical of the Syrian radical by 120 states and organisations, including the US and the EU.

The conjugation is headquartered successful Egypt with offices successful France, Germany, Qatar, Turkey, the United Kingdom and the US, according to its website.

In Syria however, the conjugation cannot tally for government, with lone tiny government-sanctioned absorption groups allowed. Competition with President Bashar Assad, who was precocious re-elected successful a landslide, is seen by the absorption and Western nations arsenic a sham aimed astatine giving the authorities an aerial of legitimacy.

Since it erupted successful March 2011, the Syrian civilian warfare has killed fractional a cardinal radical and driven astir 11 cardinal from their homes.

EU denies 'policy of waiting'

Reached by Euronews, the European Union External Action Service denied that the bloc failed to exert immoderate unit connected the Syrian regime.

"This is not true. The EU is starring planetary efforts to support Syria precocious connected the planetary agenda, to support up the unit connected the Assad regime, to beforehand a governmental solution, and to supply assistance to the galore Syrians successful need. We surely bash not travel a 'policy of waiting'," said an EU Spokesperson connected Foreign Affairs and Security Policy.

The bloc has adopted sanctions against the Assad authorities ever since the decade-old struggle began. The sanctions database presently includes 283 radical and 70 entities successful Syria.

"The EU has been supporting the Syrian radical since the opening and remains by acold the main donor for the Syria crisis. Throughout the conflict, we person provided substantive enactment to Syrian civilian nine organisations, arsenic these actors volition request to play a salient relation successful post-conflict Syria, and successful shaping and supporting the reconciliation process."

"Collectively with its Member States, the EU has mobilised adjacent to €25 cardinal since 2011 successful humanitarian, development, economical and stabilisation assistance. This includes €3.7 cardinal announced by the EU past March astatine the V Brussels Conference connected supporting the aboriginal of Syria and the Region," the EU Spokesperson told Euronews.

'Learn lessons from the past'

While Brussels has been adamant that immoderate signifier of diplomatic normalisation with the Assad authorities was unacceptable, astatine permission 5 EU subordinate states presently person a diplomatic ngo operating successful immoderate capableness successful Syria, Euronews has learned.

Asked if Europe was headed to a normalisation of its diplomatic relations with Assad's Syria, the National Coalition for Syrian Revolutionary and Opposition Forces said it wasn't the case, highlighting EU sanctions and a caller European Parliament resolution demanding accountability for warfare crimes committed by the regime.

"The European Union volition not normalise its relations with the Assad regime. Any specified measurement would represent a humanitarian, ineligible and planetary scandal, and would correspond a humanities precedent that would hazard opening the doorway to normalisation of a caller kind, namely 'the normalisation of the usage of chemic weapons,'" the conjugation told Euronews.

Earlier this month, the planetary chemic weapons watchdog told the UN Security Council that Syria had apt oregon decidedly utilized chemic weapons successful 17 cases, successful contradiction with planetary law.

"Accepting the reopening of embassies successful Damascus earlier reaching a governmental solution successful enactment with UN Security Council resolutions is similar accepting the opening of an embassy successful Germany nether Hitler oregon Italy nether Mussolini," the conjugation went on.

"Europeans should larn lessons from the past," it added.

Far-right propulsion for normalisation

The Syrian absorption radical noted Europe's far-right and populist parties were pushing for the region's re-engagement with the Syrian regime.

"All calls for re-engagement with Assad are coming from the far-right and extremist, populist and racist parties and movements, which besides enactment [Russian President] Vladimir Putin, and mostly basal against each the achievements of the West," the conjugation told Euronews.

Several delegations of far-right parties, including Germany's AfD oregon France's National Rally, person visited Syria successful caller years. German media Deutsche Welle reported that the AfD travel intended to amusement that Syria was a "safe state of origin" for migrants to beryllium sent backmost to.

"The European acold close is little funny successful effecting a cardinal alteration successful the European presumption than successful causing confusion," the conjugation told Euronews.

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