The European Union (EU) Friday expressed concern over “devastating humanitarian consequences” after the Syrian regime and its allies started an offensive in Deraa in southwest Syria, intensifying artillery and airstrikes, which are causing the civilian population to flee towards the border with Jordan.
Maja Kocijancic, spokesperson for EU High Representative Federica Mogherini, in a statement warned that this offensive endangers more than 750,000 civilians in the region.
“The ongoing military operation takes place in a de-escalation zone that the Astana guarantors (Iran, Russia and Turkey) committed to safeguard. The Astana guarantors are bound to ensure cessation of hostilities in these zones as a matter of priority and they are expected to deliver on this commitment,” she noted.
All necessary measures to protect civilian lives as well as unhindered, safe and sustainable humanitarian access need to be ensured, she said.
The EU statement recalled that there can be only a political solution to the conflict in Syria according to UNSC Resolution 2254 and the Geneva Communique and reiterated its strong support to the UN Special Envoy Staffan de Mistura and to the Geneva process.
Source: Kuwait News Agency