Our response to terror: peace in Syria, now

Our response to terror: peace in Syria, now

I am writing from Geneva, where yesterday at the United Nations I met with Staffan de Mistura, Ban Ki-moon’s envoy for Syria, and the Syrian delegations engaged in the UN-led talks (here is the video of our press conference). The Syrian parties hold a huge responsibility: towards their people, shattered by five years of war; towards millions of refugees who dream to go back home; towards too many victims of terrorism, including European ones. Terrorism the war in Syria has nourished.

After my visit to the Syrian refugees in Jordan and Lebanon, and after paying our last respects to the victims of the attacks in Brussels, together with Belgian and French Prime Ministers Charles Michel and Manuel Valls, I delivered to the Syrian parties a message of urgency. The international community has finally united in supporting a path towards peace: it is now up to the Syrians to start off a political transition. There is no other way to give their country a future of democracy and peace, and to pull the rug out from under the terrorists of Daesh and al Nusra.

We owe this to the Syrian people, first and foremost. But we also owe it to those who cry for the victims of terror in Europe, in the region and in the world.