1. The Committee on Political Affairs and Democracy
welcomes the draft resolution presented by the Committee on Migration,
Refugees and Displaced Persons, which draws attention to the worsening
situation of all those affected by the Syrian conflict.
2. While regretting the failure of the international community
in general, and of Europe in particular, in providing support for
Syrian refugees, the committee underlines that responsibility for
the present situation lies in the first place with the Syrians and
the Assad regime.
3. The committee insists that the problems posed by the dramatic
situation of refugees and displaced persons in Syria and in receiving
countries can only be solved if there are prospects for peace and
a political solution to the conflict and reiterates its support
for the international peace conference on Syria (Geneva 2).
4. It agrees with the Committee on Migration, Refugees and Displaced
Persons on calling on the Council of Europe member States to show
increased solidarity and to share responsibility by taking the necessary measures
to cater for Syrian refugees as effectively as possible.
5. The member States of the Council of Europe, as well as the
international community as a whole, should also be encouraged to
respond urgently to the calls for funds, including additional funds
to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees
in the Near East (UNRWA), to assist the Syrian refugees and also
the neighbouring countries receiving them, as well as the displaced
persons within Syria.