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EU at the UN

The EU's commitment to effective multilateralism, with the UN at its core, is a central element of its external action. As a UN observer with enhanced status, the EU delegation coordinates with its 28 Member States to speak with one voice. The EU also works closely with the UN secretariat and its agencies, funds & programmes, partnering on a range of global issues and challenges.

23 December 2016, Brussels – EU response to the Syrian crisis: Fact Sheet

The EU is a full member and has been an active participant in the International Syria Support Group (ISSG) and its two taskforces (humanitarian and cessation of hostilities). It fully supports the UN-led process, notably the efforts of the UN Special Envoy for Syria facilitating the intra-Syrian negotiations.

The High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini, upon invitation by the European Council, continues her outreach to key actors in the region on a political transition and on preparations for post-conflict reconciliation and reconstruction once a political transition is in place, in line with the work of the UN Special Envoy.

A negotiated settlement remains the only way of bringing the conflict to an end. We, therefore, call on all those countries with influence on the Syrian regime, as well as those engaged with armed opposition groups, to apply maximum pressure to cease the attacks, allow unhindered and continuous humanitarian access to those in need and resume political negotiations under the auspices of the UN in Geneva as swiftly as possible. This must be accompanied by progress on the issue of detainees and missing persons.

Read the complete fact sheet:

  • Ref: EC16-1223
  • EU source: European Commission
  • UN forum:
  • Date: 23/12/2016

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