The report deals with the tragic situation in Aleppo, which
has become the epicentre of the Syrian war, one of the worst humanitarian
crises since the Second World War.
The Committee on Political Affairs and Democracy firmly condemns
the indiscriminate and disproportionate attacks on civilian inhabited
areas and regrets that the political process has stalled despite
intense negotiations. In this respect, the report stresses that
an inclusive Syrian-led political process leading to a genuine political
transition must meet the legitimate aspirations of the Syrian people
and enable them independently and democratically to determine their
own future, through free and fair elections, after stabilisation
has been achieved in the country.
The committee fears that the escalation of violence and the
magnitude of the crisis could lead to even deeper conflicts in Syria
and in the whole region, in particular in Iraq, and represent a
threat to worldwide security.
Therefore, the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe
is called upon to take a number of actions and, in particular, to
urge the Russian Federation, the United States of America and all
parties involved in the conflict to search for a common position
and take joint international action.