EU aid chief sounds alarm on Syria

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EU Humanitarian Aid Commissioner Kristalina Georgieva sounds alarm on Syria while the European Union is one of the most important arms suppliers in Syria…

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Brussels, December 7, 2012

‘EU aid chief sounds alarm on Syria after 1,000 days of conflict’ 

Syria is facing “the most disastrous humanitarian crisis in decades,” a senior European Union official warned Sunday, marking 1,000 days since the armed conflict began.

“One thousand days of violence which has resulted in tens of thousands of men, women and children losing their lives, millions being displaced in the country and beyond its borders in search of safety,” EU Humanitarian Aid Commissioner Kristalina Georgieva said.

“One thousand days of death, fear, hardship, deprivation and despair. One thousand days in which we are witnessing the creation of a lost generation,” she said.

Syria’s conflict of nearly three years has left more than 100,000 dead and forced more than 3 million refugees to flee the country, according to United Nations estimates.

Long-awaited peace talks between the Damascus government and the Syrian opposition are expected to be held in Geneva on Jan. 22.

Georgieva said her hopes are “pinned” on the conference.

“In the meantime, I continue to reiterate my plea, and that of the entire international humanitarian community, for the parties involved in this terrible conflict to facilitate humanitarian access to all those in need,” she said.

Read more here: http://www.bellinghamherald.com/2013/12/07/3361185/eu-aid-chief-sounds-alarm-on-syria.html

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Increasing European militarism

28.4.2003 – Kuwait News Agency (KUNA): ‘Belgian PM says strong EU military will back its foreign Voice’:
http://www.kuna.net.kw/ArticlePrintPage.aspx?id=1341111&language=en

16.3.2011 – Verhofstadt on Libya: “The weak position of the EU makes me sick”‘
http://www.alde.eu/press/press-and-release-news/press-release/article/verhofstadt-on-libya-the-weak-position-of-the-eu-makes-me-sick-37283/

The weak position of the European Union makes me sick’:
https://latestnewssyria.wordpress.com/2013/04/12/syria-the-weak-position-of-the-eu-makes-me-sick/

14.12.2011 – Verhofstadt: “I am shocked by the lack of urgency to halt a massacre in Homs – we must take the same action as we did in Benghazi”
http://www.alde.eu/press/speeches-speech-guy-verhofstadt/single-news/article/verhofstadt-i-am-shocked-by-the-lack-of-urgency-to-halt-a-massacre-in-homs-we-must-take-the-same/

29.11.2013 – ALDE Group Leader Guy Verhofstadt: ‘Today, the time has come to fight back’
http://www.aldeparty.eu/en/news/alde-group-leader-guy-verhofstadt-today-time-has-come-fight-back

About kruitvat

I am working for the Belgian human rights association 'Werkgroep Morkhoven' which revealed the Zandvoort childporn case (88.539 victims). The case was covered up by the authorities. During the past years I have been really shocked by the way the rich countries of the western empire want to rule the world. One of my blogs: «Latest News Syria» (WordPress)/ Je travaille pour le 'Werkgroep Morkhoven', un groupe d'action qui a révélé le réseau pornographique d'enfants 'Zandvoort' (88.539 victims). Cette affaire a été couverte par les autorités. Au cours des dernières années, j'ai été vraiment choqué par la façon dont l'Occident et les pays riches veulent gouverner le monde. Un de mes blogs: «Latest News Syria» (WordPress)/ Ik werk voor de Werkgroep Morkhoven die destijds de kinderpornozaak Zandvoort onthulde (88.539 slachtoffers). Deze zaak werd door de overheid op een misdadige manier toegedekt. Gedurende de voorbije jaren was ik werkelijke geschokt door de manier waarop het rijke westen de wereld wil overheersen. Bezoek onze blog «Latest News Syria» (WordPress) ------- Photo: victims of the NATO-bombings on the Chinese embassy in Yougoslavia
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6 Responses to EU aid chief sounds alarm on Syria

  1. kruitvat says:

    Press Release

    Verhofstadt on Libya: “The weak position of the EU makes me sick”

    The fall-out from the Japanese tsunami has inevitably dominated media reports and blurred international attention to the rout of the Libyan opposition, left to fend off Gaddafi and his mercenaries by themselves.

    16/3/2011

    The fall-out from the Japanese tsunami has inevitably dominated media reports and blurred international attention to the rout of the Libyan opposition, left to fend off Gaddafi and his mercenaries by themselves.
    Today at a meeting in Parliament to assess the results of last week’s European Council, Guy Verhofstadt denounced the inability of the EU to take decisive action on the Libyan crisis. “This makes me sick,” he declared.
    “I want to use this opportunity to salute the fifty heroes, the fifty heroes in the power plant of Fukushima, the fifty heroes who at this very moment risk their life in order to save the people of Japan from a nuclear catastrophe. But Japan, for all its tragedy, is an event we cannot change. We can help. We must help. But unfortunately we cannot change.
    “In Libya on the contrary we can change the course of events. In Libya there are heroes as well. Thousands of them. Sacrificing their life for nothing else then freedom and democracy. And what are we doing in order to prevent this? What are we doing to prevent what is in fact a new Srebrenica, a new Rwanda, a new Darfur? Are we helping them? Defending them? Supporting them with arms or a no fly zone? Are we recognizing the opposition government? Are we trying to keep the democratic revolution alive? No, we are sending fact finding missions”.
    “Have we learnt nothing from the past? It is now or never”.
    Marietje Schaake and several other ALDE MEPs have meanwhile today tabled a written question to the High Representative asking for her to lead in establishing an international escrow account where all payments destined to the Libyan National oil company could be diverted and to utilise Gaddafi’s frozen assets to assist those suffering at the hands of the Libyan dictator. See attached text

  2. kruitvat says:

    Verhofstadt: “I am shocked by the lack of urgency to halt a massacre in Homs – we must take the same action as we did in Benghazi”

    Guy Verhofstadt, ALDE Leader today issued a stark warning to the EU following the weak statement by the High Representative, Catherine Ashton on the situation in Syria. Following her remarks that the idea of creating humanitarian corridors “has been dropped”, Verhofstadt stated if the EU stands idly by – Homs will become the new Srebrenica.

    14/12/2011

    Guy Verhofstadt, ALDE Leader today issued a stark warning to the EU following the weak statement by the High Representative, Catherine Ashton on the situation in Syria. Following her remarks that the idea of creating humanitarian corridors “has been dropped”, Verhofstadt stated if the EU stands idly by – Homs will become the new Srebrenica.
    Verhofstadt continued “I am astounded that despite being faced with the same humanitarian disaster as when Gaddafi’s troops were at Benghazi’s door – we cannot count on the European Union to take its responsibilities toward the innocent Syrian population and support them by calling for a UN backed no fly zone or at the very least the creation of humanitarian corridors. If the EU cannot take the decision to act together, then individual Member States in close cooperation with Turkey and the Arab League must then act alone as we did with Benghazi and Libya.”
    Louis Michel (MR, Belgium) ” We need to create a buffer zone at the Turkish border and humanitarian corridors linking Homs to Turkey, the Mediterranean Sea to Homs and Dara’a to Jordan. As for the city of Homs, a bastion of protest particularly targeted by the military government of Bashar al Assad, we must urgently provide humanitarian aid, including blankets, medicines and baby milk powder.”

    Marietje Schaake (D66, Netherlands) ” The EU should coordinate with Turkey and the Arab League how to provide emergency access to information and communication technologies. The regime has now also cut off all access to the internet and communications technologies, putting the citizens of Homs in the dark and complete isolation. The acts of violence by al-Assad’s troops should not remain undocumented, over 30.000 videos uploaded from inside Syria showing the regime’s brutality are the main source of information and evidence of the crimes committed”.

  3. kruitvat says:

    ALDE Group Leader Guy Verhofstadt: Today, the time has come to fight back (1)

    29/11/2013

    Speaking at the opening of the ALDE Party Congress in London, ALDE Group leader Guy Verhofstadt MEP said: “We are entering a very challenging campaign. Across the Union. And certainly here in the UK. Faced with the eurosceptics. From UKIP. But also from the Tories and the euro-frigids of Labour. A campaign where we will have to fight also the Eurosceptic press, constantly bashing on Europe. But a campaign we will win. Euroscepticism may be in fashion. Even becoming mainstream. But that doesn’t mean it ‘s right. We know it’s wrong. Today, the time has come to fight back. Indeed, we liberals have a duty to do that.”

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    It is a pleasure to be here. A real pleasure to share the platform with Nick.

    Dear colleagues, dear friends, dear liberals,

    Citizens are worried. Worried about their jobs. About their families. Worried about their future. Because of the crisis. And they are tempted by simplistic and populistic solutions offered by especially the left and the right, retreating in their country while the world is globalising.

    So we are entering a very challenging campaign. Across the Union. And certainly here in the UK. Faced with the eurosceptics. From UKIP. But also from the Tories and the euro-frigids of Labour.

    A campaign where we will have to fight also the Eurosceptic press, constantly bashing on Europe.

    But a campaign we will win.

    Euroscepticism may be in fashion. Even becoming mainstream. But that doesn’t mean it ‘s right.

    We know it’s wrong. Today, the time has come to fight back.

    Indeed, we liberals have a duty to do that.

    To be in the front line.

    Nick, you have already started this crusade. Indeed, the Lib Dems are taking the lead on the pro-European campaign. At the same time a pro-British campaign. A pro-business campaign.

    The Party of IN. The only force to give the UK a strong voice in the EU.

    The only one because the other parties stand for either ‘we want out’ , or ‘we don’t care’ or ‘we are not sure’.

    Only the Lib Dems are the party of IN. And that is crucial.

    Because the exit of the UK from the Union would be a disaster. For the Union. For the UK. And mostly, for its citizens.

    Fortunately, the business community is taking its responsibility. Every day a business organisation comes out to support the In campaign. Yesterday the CBI, today Siemens.

    The boss of Nissan even said “ if the UK leaves the EU, we will have to leave the UK”. In total, there are over 3 million jobs at stake.

    And the same goes for trade.

    Could the UK seriously make trade agreements with the US outside the framework of the Union ?

    A trans- Atlantic trade agreement on the European level will boost trade by over 28 % in the countries who are participating.

    And than there is the strategic argument. Can Britain afford to sit on the side lines when the US, China, Brazil and India decide with the EU on global standards? On climate rules. On banking regulations?

    So the future of Britain is clear. It is IN the Union.

    But not the Union of today. A better Union. A reformed Union. A more democratic Union. Some might even say a federal Union. For heavens sake, I did it, I used the F word.

    Some of you think I am obsessed.

    Well, I have a confession to make. I am obsessed. But not by federalism.

    I am obsessed by the loss of influence of Europe in the world.

    By the loss of wealth because of the crisis.

    By the loss of sovereignty. Real sovereignty. The ability to decide on our own future, to exercise real influence in our globalised world. So that we can defend our interests.

    My obsession is not about creating super states, not about more centralisation.

    Not about more bureaucracy.

    If federalism means all this. Then I ‘m not a federalist.

    I’m fighting for the opposite.

    I’m fighting for a democratic Union.

    I’m fighting for an efficient Union.

    I’m fighting for a Union that is accountable.

    A Union that deals with problems that can’t be done at the national level. Like trade. Like climate change. Like managing a world currency.

    Not a Union that regulates the olive oil in restaurants or the amount of water that a toilet flushes.

    You can call it whatever you like.

    I call it an efficient, democratic Europe. A Europe that delivers for its citizen. A Europe that provides real solutions. In other words, a liberal Europe.

    And that Europe still does not exist today.

    We are stuck in the model of the past. We are looking for answers to the challenges of tomorrow with the textbooks of yesterday.

    Europe is not armed when it comes to tackle the real issues, global issues. People’s security. People’s jobs. People’s future.

  4. kruitvat says:

    ALDE Group Leader Guy Verhofstadt: Today, the time has come to fight back (2)

    Take a look at the American response to the financial and the banking crisis, the crisis of 2008.

    The President, the treasury, the federal reserve board. They immediately tackled the problem, dealt with bad banks, recapitalised others.

    And what have we done the last five years ? We ‘ve talked and talked and talked.

    We are still in the middle of the banking crisis.

    We still don’t have a banking union.

    This is only one example of the problem that we really face.

    The lack of a small but strong Union, able to decide.

    To decide in a legitimate, democratic and efficient way.

    Dear friends, I am deadly serious about this.

    Only by acting together we can regain our sovereignty.

    We can find solutions for the difficulties we face.

    No individual member state is able, or has the capacity to tackle the big challenges alone.

    Today, more than half of the world’s largest economies are actually not states at all. They are companies, enterprises, multi-nationals. They have no home.

    They have no borders.

    Like our challenges. They have no borders either.

    Migrants crossing the Mediterranean.

    Toxic financial products from across the Atlantic.

    Cheap goods dumped on our market from China.

    And of course, climate change.

    How do you deal with that on your own ?

    Dear friends, in the coming elections we shall not only say what kind of Europe we want.

    We can also show what we did. Not only words, but also deeds.

    -It’s because of us the Stability pact is strengthened. Thanks to our Sharon Bowles, Wolf Klinz, Carl Haglund. And of course our Olli Rehn.

    -It’s because of us there is budgetary restraint, thanks to George Lyon in the Parliament. We have fought for a modern budget with the help of Anne Jensen and Jan Mulder. A modern EU budget with more emphasis on research, modern infrastructure and competitiveness.

    -It’s because of us and especially Karel De Gucht in the Commission that we achieved free trade deals with South Korea, Singapore, Canada and today the all important TTIP – the trade agreement with the USA. Because we liberals believe that globalisation can be a positive force. A force that creates wealth and jobs.

    -It is us who lead in completing of the single market. In innovation. For SMEs with Jurgen Creutzman. For the future of the European economy. Neelie Kroes with her digital agenda, so vital for our competitiveness.

    -And it is the ALDE with Sofie and Cecilia and Sarah that leads the fight for civil liberties. We have made no compromise on gay rights. No compromise on discrimination. We have fought to reduce the gender pay gap that is so detrimental to our society.

    This is only a very small part of what we have achieved as liberals.

    But we have achieved this, not by copying what happens to be popular in the polls.

    Not by echoing what the popular press would like us to say.

    No.

    We have achieved all of this because we stick to our liberal beliefs.

    To our democratic principles.

    To our pro-European identity.

    Everyone is talking now about the success of the eurosceptics.

    As if it’s not even necessary to hold elections.

    But dear friends, the real news on the evening of the 25 May will be something different, will be the rise of pro-European, liberal, centrist force. We shall come back stronger than today.

    That is why the Group with the Party are working on new lists in at least 10 countries.

    Like in France, and in Poland, and in Austria, and in Greece, and in Italy, and Hungary, and in the Czech Republic.

    Together we shall fight for another Europe.

    A Liberal Europe.

    Because let’s be clear, the other EU shall not come from the other parties.

    The EPP is backward looking, reactionary old fashioned, out of date.

    For them only counts the status quo.

    And the socialists believe they can spend their way out of the crisis by simply making more debts. Forgetting that was one of the main reasons of the crisis of today.

    So against the rising euroscepticsm, nationalism and populism the Liberals are the only alternative.

    Let’s create the event.

    Lets create the surprise.

    Lets win the elections of the 25th of May.

    Thank you.

  5. kruitvat says:

    EU aid chief sounds alarm on Syria

    December 8, 2013 – Middle East – الشرق الأوسط

    European Union Humanitarian Aid Commissioner Kristalina Georgieva has warned that Syria is facing “the most disastrous humanitarian crisis in decades.”

    http://goingkuwaiti.com/eu-aid-chief-sounds-alarm-on-syria/

  6. kruitvat says:

    U.N. Peace Talks Syria

    ‘Syrian government forces have committed war crimes’
    http://en-maktoob.news.yahoo.com/syrias-seizure-medical-aid-war-crime-eu-aid-174824721.html

    News for Syrian government forces have committed …

    UN rights body implicates Assad officials in Syria war crimes
    Deutsche Welle ‎- 6 days ago
    Still, the commission of inquiry on Syria has produced a series of reports charging that government forces have systematically committed …

    Bashar al-Assad implicated in Syria war crimes, says UN
    The Guardian‎ – 6 days ago

    UN rights body implicates Assad officials in Syria war crimes | News …
    http://www.dw.de/un-rights-body-implicates…syria-war-crimes/a-17267250‎
    6 days ago – Still, the commission of inquiry on Syria has produced a series of reports charging that government forces have systematically committed …

    UN: Evidence links Assad to Syria war crimes – Middle East – Al …
    http://www.aljazeera.com/…/un-evidence-links-assad-syria…‎
    6 days ago
    Iran has been a staunch ally of the Syrian government and there ….. President Bashar al-Assad’s forces have been hitting rebel-held …. Sounds to me like she’s trying to say Assad has committed war crimes without saying it.

    UN official says evidence links Syrian regime to war crimes – AllVoices
    http://www.allvoices.com/…/16086596-un-official-says-evidence-links-syrian-…‎
    5 days ago – UN official says evidence links Syrian regime to war crimes … report also revealed that rebel fighters in Syria have also committed war crimes. … by the government security forces on the protestors turned it into a civil war.

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