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Humanitarian corridors in Syria pleads Verhofstadt. Criticism of an absence

Guy Verhofstadt (left) contemplates the ceiling of the hemicycle when his EPP colleague, Joseph Daul (right) speaks (credit: European Parliament/B2, January 2012)

(BRUSSELS2) “ As Syria has failed to comply with the UN plan, it is now urgent for Baroness Ashton to act with her international partners to provide military protection to help civilian refugees through a reinforced humanitarian corridor explained Guy Verhofstadt, the fiery leader of the Liberals and Democrats (ALDE) in the European Parliament.

“Diplomacy is not a substitute for politics”

« We expect Baroness Ashton to come to the European Parliament next week and put in place an effective comprehensive plan for the humanitarian protection of civilians in Syria. What is certain is that the EU and its international partners cannot simply sit back and watch as Assad mocks them by continuing the “business as usual” massacres. » he added, also addressing a new criticism of the High Representative. “ Diplomacy is not a substitute for politics. Assad highlighted the failure of the EU and the UN to deal with the Syrian crisis. The EU needs a High Representative who deals with foreign policy, not external relations ».

NB: This idea was supported by Alain Juppé, the French Minister of Foreign Affairs. But by her own admission, she had not met “ A lot of success ". France wishes bring this idea back to life ". Who says humanitarian corridor does not automatically say military intervention. To ensure these humanitarian corridors, there are two possible means: “ either the regime agrees to allow NGOs access (and guarantees them this access), or you have to allow them access » by different means. The recent violation of the Turkish border by Syrian forces brings this notion back into focus.

Nicolas Gros Verheyde

Chief editor of the B2 site. Graduated in European law from the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne and listener to the 65th session of the IHEDN (Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale. Journalist since 1989, founded B2 - Bruxelles2 in 2008. EU/NATO correspondent in Brussels for Sud-Ouest (previously West-France and France-Soir).