Appeal for a political solution to the Syrian crisis

Following a visit to Amman on 24 October 2018, Theodora Bakoyannis (Greece, EPP/CD), who is preparing a report for PACE on “The situation in Syria and its effects upon surrounding countries”, underlined the importance of reaching a political solution to the Syrian crisis and making progress on a post-war constitution.

“The political process must be re-activated in Syria with the formation of an inclusive committee, in which all Syrian political forces, experts, civil society, tribal leaders and women would have a role to play, to promote a political transition and discuss the future constitution,” said Ms Bakoyannis, speaking at the end of her visit.

“I also wanted to personally express my appreciation for the immense contribution of Jordan in hosting over 1.3 million Syrian refugees, despite the heavy repercussions on Jordan’s economy and demography,” she added. “Jordan ensures safety and stability in the area, is an example of openness and solidarity for Europe as a whole, and deserves greater international support,” she concluded.

In Amman, Ms Bakoyannis met with the Speakers of both houses of the Jordanian Parliament, the Foreign Minister and the Interior Minister, members of the Jordanian “Partner for democracy” delegation to PACE, as well as representatives of the international community.