Brussels conference on the future of Syria
The threat of collapse
On Monday, May 10, the sixth Brussels Conference on "Supporting the Future of Syria and the Region" will take place.
MEP Katrin Langensiepen, substitute member of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the European Parliament comments:
"Especially now that all eyes are on Ukraine, we must not lose sight of the humanitarian catastrophe in Syria. The people in Syria are dependent on international and European aid. We are ensuring their survival, while others continue to play power-political chess with them. This conference must show that we care about Syria and the region, that we have not forgotten the suffering there either. I therefore very much hope that the conference will be a success and that the financial pledges will once again exceed the last round. Otherwise, the situation really does threaten to collapse.
At the same time, however, this also means that close attention must be paid to where exactly the money is going and who is using it and how.
Because the Assad regime is still committing war crimes and must not be seen as a reliable partner. The current videos, which show a mass shooting by security forces of the regime, proves how brutal Assad acts against its own population.
In addition, thousands of men, women and children are still locked up in Syrian prisons today, being tortured and killed.
This is where we as Europeans must continue to push for the investigation of war crimes."
More information on the conference:
European Parliament resolution on the ongoing Syria conflict here: https://www.katrin-langensiepen.eu/de/article/149.10-jahre-syrien-konflikt-europa-ist-nicht-machtlos.html
Video on the state torture trial in Koblenz: