1. The Committee on Political
Affairs and Democracy congratulates the rapporteur of the Committee
on Migration, Refugees and Displaced Persons, Mr Giacomo Santini,
for his fair, accurate and pertinent report on the European response
to the humanitarian crisis in Syria, following a request by that
committee and a decision by the Parliamentary Assembly to hold a
debate under urgent procedure.
2. It fully agrees that the international community’s silence
and inaction vis-à-vis the influx of refugees have lasted too long
and it is time to react to help the refugees live under decent conditions
and return home once the conflict has ended.
3. In this respect, the Committee on Political Affairs and Democracy
wishes to highlight a few elements of analysis of the overall political
situation in Syria and reiterate some of the recommendations contained
in Resolution 1878 (2012) on the situation in Syria, adopted in April 2012 on
the basis of a report it presented to the Assembly under urgent
procedure. For the committee, the problems raised by the dramatic
situation of refugees and displaced persons in Syria and in neighbouring
countries can only be solved if there are prospects of peace. And
this will only be possible through a political solution to the conflict,
requiring, inter alia, the
emergence of a common initiative of the international community.
Only a political solution can open up to Syria the possibility of
eliminating violence and embracing the change for which so many
lives have been sacrificed.
4. For these reasons, the committee proposes the following amendments.