Belagerung von Daraa - Europaabgeordnete fordern Druck auf syrisches Regime
Heute haben Europaabgeordnete in einem Dringlichkeitsbrief (weiter unten) an den EU-Außenbeauftragten Josep Borrell appelliert auf die dramatische Situation in Daraa Einfluss zu nehmen.
Europaabgeordnete Katrin Langensiepen, Mitglied im Aussenausschuss des Europaparlaments und Initiatorin des Briefes verdeutlicht:
“Was derzeit in Daraa passiert, könnte unmenschlicher nicht sein und zeigt erneut das perfide Spiel des syrischen Regimes auf dem Rücken der eigenen Bevölkerung. In diesem Fall lässt das Regime eine “oppositionelle” Stadt quasi aushungern. Circa 50.000 Menschen sind von der Grundversorgung abgeschnitten. Es fehlt an allem: an Lebensmitteln, frischem Trinkwasser und medizinischer Versorgung. Die Zugänge zur Stadt sind gesperrt und die Kommunikation mit der Außenwelt weitestgehend abgeschnitten.
Die Welt und die EU dürfen bei der Geiselnahme einer ganzen Bevölkerungsgruppe nicht tatenlos zusehen. Die EU muss ihr politisches Gewicht nutzen, um auf alle beteiligten Akteure einzuwirken, um ein Ende der derzeitigen Belagerung von Daraa al-Balad zu forcieren. Syrien muss wieder auf die europäische Agenda. Das sind wir den Menschen in diesem nicht enden wollenden Krieg schuldig.”
Siege of Daraa al-Balad - Syria
MEPs call for pressure on Syrian regime
Today several Members of the European Parliament sent an urgent letter to Josep Borrell, the EU's foreign affairs representative, calling on him to exert influence on the dramatic situation in Daraa.
MEP Katrin Langensiepen, member of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the European Parliament and initiator of the letter clarifies:
"What is currently happening in Daraa could not be more inhumane and once again shows the perfidious game of the Syrian regime on the back of its own population. In this case, the regime is starving out an "opposition" city. Around 50,000 people are cut off from basic services. There is a lack of everything: food, fresh drinking water and medical care. Access to the city is blocked and communication with the outside world is largely cut off. The world and the EU cannot stand idly by while an entire population is taken hostage. The EU must use its political weight to influence all actors involved to push for an end to the current siege of Daraa al-Balad. Syria must be back on the European agenda. We owe it to the people in this never-ending war."
Letter to High Representative/Vice-President Josep Borrell Fontelles
July 15, 2021
Dear High Representative Borrell,
With great concern and the greatest fears for the well-being of thousands of people, we would like to draw your attention to the current siege of the Syrian city of Daraa al-Balad. Human rights activists fear serious consequences for the people living there, as the population will be cut off from food deliveries and other forms of basic supplies such as medicine and drinking water when the blockade by the Syrian regime and its allies begins around June 24, 2021. Likewise, there are reports of massive outages in the communications as well as electricity infrastructure. According to the Syrian Network for Human Rights the only road leading to the Daraa al Balad area, the Tareeq al Sadd neighborhood and camps was closed on July 4, 2021. The area is home to about 50.000 people and has been completely cut off and is besieged on all sides by Syrian regime. These developments are another piece in the mosaic of an overall picture of a war against its own pop-ulation in which ethical standards no longer seem to have any relevance. The Syrian regime and its supporters are driving a population that is already in a daily struggle for survival in an almost destroyed country even further into a corner, and this only to secure and enforce their own power. Even if the information situation remains difficult and representatives of the Syrian regime basically attribute the serious humanitarian situation entirely to foreign actors, a clear picture of a clearly inhu-mane pattern emerges. And because of this and against the backdrop of the recent presidential elections, which the Syrian regime is using as a democratic pseudo-legitimization, the European Union cannot leave the hostage-taking of entire communities uncommented and stand idly alongside it. Of course, we are aware of the enormous efforts being made by the European Union to alleviate suffer-ing on the ground and improve the humanitarian situation in Syria. And precisely for this reason, we would like to urge you, on the part of the European Union, to influence all the actors involved and to bring about an end to this perfidious method of asserting interests in this war inside Syria, and thus to put an end to the current siege of Daraa al-Balad. We look forward to your reply and appreciate your immediate attention to this matter.
Katrin Langensiepen (MEP | Greens/EFA | Germany)
Mounir Satouri (MEP | Greens/EFA | France)
Karen Melchior (MEP | Renew Europe | Denmark)
Nikolaj Villumsen (MEP | GUE/NGL | Denmark)
Javier Nart (MEP | Renew Europe | Spain)
Alexandra Geese (MEP | Greens/EFA | Germany)
Terry Reintke (MEP | Greens/EFA | Germany)
Dietmar Köster (MEP | S&D | Germany)
Salima Yenbou (MEP | Greens/EFA | France)