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EU should not let Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin dictate the process of finding a solution to the Syrian situation, emphasises the Chairman of the Riigikogu Reform Party faction Hanno Pevkur in light of the upcoming Brussels Conference on the future of Syria.

The Estonian Reform Party faction joined the initiative of the European Parliament Group of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE), which calls for a stronger participation of the European Union at negotiations for the resolution of the Syrian crisis.

The letter to the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs Federica Mogherini stresses that although the EU is the largest humanitarian donor for Syria, it has become marginalized in political negotiations, next to Russia, Turkey, and Iran who dictate the conditions of the negotiations.

“Lending unconditional financial support to a Syria in which Putin and Assad dictate the political terms would undermine the EU’s credibility,” stresses the letter to Mogherini, calling for stricter conditions on EU financial aid.

The Brussels Conference on Supporting the Future of Syria and the Region will take place on 5 April. It will be co-chaired by the European Union, Germany, Kuwait, Norway, Qatar, the United Kingdom, and the United Nations. The conference will involve ministerial level representatives from 70 delegations, but also from the broader international community, civil society, and humanitarian aid and development organisations.