Dr Charles Tannock

Member of the European Parliament for London

Situation in Syria

Delivered in Plenary - 17th April 2012

Mr President

The political and human rights situation in Syria continues to deteriorate, sadly. Reports this afternoon suggest that Syrian Government forces have once more started bombarding the Free Syrian Army-held areas in and around Homs, breaking with impunity the ceasefire under the UN-Annan peace plan. I now call upon the High Representative to redouble the EUís efforts in the ongoing international negotiations.

The EU must push robustly for the UN observer mission to start its important work urgently and without impediment. It is clear that Assad has long lost any semblance of moral authority or legitimacy to rule as Syrian President.

According to the UN, his remorseless attacks have left an estimated 9 000 civilians killed or wounded. The Syrian Government must ultimately be held fully accountable for all its actions and, if found to be in violation of its negotiated obligations, be subject to swift and firm sanctions from the entire international community.