The foreign ministers of the five countries called on Damascus to participate in the political process in Syria.
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and the foreign Ministers of Great Britain, Germany, France, and Italy issued a joint statement on the tenth anniversary of the start of the protests in Syria, blaming Damascus for what is happening.
“President Assad and his supporters are responsible for the years of war and the human suffering that followed. We pay tribute to the brave people and organizations who over the past decade have uncovered the truth from Syria, documented and prosecuted violations, mass atrocities, and serious violations of international law to bring those responsible to justice, and provided vital assistance to communities.
The foreign ministers noted that after years of conflict, widespread corruption, and mismanagement, the Syrian economy has collapsed. This has left almost 13 million Syrians dependent on humanitarian aid.
“It is essential that the regime and its supporters engage seriously in the political process and allow humanitarian aid to reach those in need. The proposed presidential elections in Syria this year will be neither free nor fair, and they should not lead to any measure of normalization of international relations with the Syrian regime,” the statement said.
The foreign ministries of the United States, Germany, Britain, France, and Italy have pledged to step up the search for a peaceful solution that protects the rights and future prosperity of all Syrians, based on UN Security Council Resolution 2254.
“We welcome the ongoing efforts of national courts to investigate and prosecute crimes within their jurisdiction committed in Syria. We will not tolerate Syria’s non-compliance with the Chemical Weapons Convention and will fully support the work of the OPCW in this regard. We will continue to call for a nationwide ceasefire strongly. To this end, we reaffirm our strong support for the efforts of the UN Special Envoy for Syria, Geir Pedersen, to implement all aspects of UN Security Council Resolution 2254 as the only way to resolve this conflict. We cannot allow this tragedy to continue for another ten years.”