EU LEADERS PUSH FOR CEASEFIRE IN GHOUTA, SYRIA

Luxembourg Prime Minister Xavier Bettel, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz attend a European Union leaders informal summit in Brussels, Belgium, February 23, 2018. REUTERS/Yves Herman

BRUSSELS – European leaders meet in Brussels to discussed the Syrian crisis, especially a push to have a ceasefire in East Ghouta, to allow for humanitarian aid and evacuations after more than 400 civilians were killed in the area.

Eastern Ghouta has experienced heightened levels of fighting in the rebel held area with the Syrian government forces.

French president Emmanuel Macron and German chancellor Angela Merkel wrote a letter to Russian president Vladimir Putin, who is believed to be working with the Syrian government and what they call fight of all terror.

The letter is urging Putin to back a UN Security resolution, calling for a 30 day ceasefire, it says,  “At this time, we do not know what will be Russia’s stance,”

“The massacre in Eastern Ghouta must stop now,” Mogherini said in a statement. “The European Union is running out of words to describe the horror being experienced by the people of Eastern Ghouta.”

She said the EU urged all parties to end the conflict “to take all necessary measures to ensure an immediate ceasefire… and urgent humanitarian access, ”

“The Syrian regime must immediately stop targeting its own people and fulfill its primary responsibility to protect them,”

Donald Tusk ending the summit said, “The Assad regime is brutally attacking innocent men, women and children. Its backers Russia and Iran are allowing this to happen. We urge them to stop this violence.”

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