The EU is concerned about the increasing violence in Syria, as we witnessed on Wednesday in Damascus and in the northwest, where at least 27 people lost their lives in one of the deadliest days in the country in recent times.
We offer our condolences to the families and friends of the victims and wish the wounded a speedy recovery.
The EU calls on all sides to refrain from violence and show restraint.
We reiterate again our support for a full nationwide ceasefire as called for by the UN Special Envoy Geir Pedersen.
We call on all parties to adhere to the principle of protection of civilians and international humanitarian law, and to avoid escalation and restore calm.
The only path to stability in Syria is a credible and inclusive UN-facilitated political solution in line with UN Security Council Resolution 2254.