Syria, Mozambique, Nigeria: the tenacity of hope

Syria, Mozambique, Nigeria: the tenacity of hope

It’s been a full week of work for Syria: constant work, although off camera. I was in touch with Staffan de Mistura, John Kerry, Sergey Lavrov, with the Foreign Ministers of Saudi Arabia, Adel al-Jubeir, of Iran, Javad Zarif, and of Turkey, Mevlut Çavusoglu. With two priorities: stopping the escalation to relaunch a political process, and allowing humanitarian access to Aleppo and all the besieged areas. Here is the  press release about these days’ work.

Since the beginning of October the European Union has put forward a clear proposal for East Aleppo: let humanitarian aid in, let the sick and the wounded out. We must build the conditions to turn our proposal into reality: we will discuss about it on Monday with the Ministers of the Union, at the Foreign Affairs Council.

Even in the toughest moments, we cannot afford to stop hoping and working for peace. This is the message we got from the Norwegian Nobel Committee, with the Peace Prize to President Santos. This is the message I got from President Filipe Nyusi of Mozambique, during the phone call we had yesterday: President Nyusi and the leader of Renamo have decided to continue their peace talks despite the killing of Jeremias Pondeca, one of the negotiators.

And this is also the message we all get from the liberation of 21 of the girls kidnapped by Boko Haram. The Nigerian government, the Red Cross and Switzerland have negotiated with patience for years. Our work doesn’t end here: our support to Nigeria will continue until all girls will be set free, until the whole country will be liberated, and all Nigerians will be able to go back to their homes and lives. Here is the statement with Neven Mimica and Christos Stylianides on the girls’ liberation.