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Estonia Supports Geneva 2 Peace Conference To End Syrian Civil War

17.12.2013

According to Foreign Minister Urmas Paet, the Geneva 2 peace conference that will be held in January to search for a solution to the Syrian civil war is an important opportunity to find a political solution to the Syrian conflict. “Meanwhile, all sides must continue serious efforts, including in the alleviation of the humanitarian situation, because it would be premature to hope for very fast solutions,” he added.

Paet’s assessment is that the process of destroying Syrian chemical weapons is proceeding according to plan, should be finished by mid-2014, and at the moment it is important to recognise the United States’ readiness to destroy the chemical weapons on a US vessel outside of Syrian territorial waters. “Hopefully cooperation from all sides will ensure the smooth and unobstructed transport of the chemical weapons to the port of Latakia,” said Paet. Estonia supported the activities of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) with 50,000 Euros.

Regarding the destabilising effect of the Syrian crisis on Lebanon, the EU foreign ministers discussed in Brussels the internal and security policy developments taking place in Lebanon. In 8 months an agreement to form a government has not been reached in Lebanon and clashes between Syrian government supporters and its opponents have been taking place consistently.

Additionally, there is a lack of capacity to manage the influx of Syrian refugees, whose numbers have already grown to one million. “In a situation where nearly a quarter of the population of Lebanon is now made up of refugees, we must consider every possibility to improve Lebanon’s security, economic, refugee, and political situation,” stated Paet.

When discussing Iran, European Union foreign policy leaders recognised that the negotiations between the E3+3 states (United Kingdom, France, Germany, USA, Russia, and China) and Iran, which resulted in an interim agreement that limits Iran’s nuclear enrichment for six months, is an important milestone in the search for a final diplomatic solution and for which efforts must continue.

More information:
Marika Post
Spokesperson
Permanent Representation of Estonia to the EU
+32 474 981 657

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