The international community must not abandon Aleppo, and must support European Union efforts to plan for the future of Syria after the war, High Representative Federica Mogherini said today.
"We cannot pass the message that Aleppo is lost, we turn the page, we move forward. No, we still need to save the people in Aleppo, to protect the civilians, to call for a stop of the air-strikes," the High Representative said at a forum in Rome.
The High Representative called on the rest of the international community to help the humanitarian effort in Syria, where the EU and its Member States have already made available 9 billion euros in aid.
At the same time, in cooperation with the United Nations, Mogherini is leading contacts to prepare for the political transition when the fighting is over.
"In the European Union we believe that we cannot abandon the political track," she said. "Only a political transition, only a political solution, only a reconciliation process, only a power-sharing mechanism will allow us to work on the reconstruction of the country."
"I have started to reach out to all our regional friends, and the European Union is well positioned for that, because we talk to everybody, we are friends to everybody in the region. I have started visits in Teheran, in Riyadh, started talks with Turkey, Lebanon, Egypt, Jordan, Emirates, Qatar, all the regional actors."
"So we have started this work. I am very much encouraged, because I see that there are common grounds, common lines that can emerge from these talks," the High Representative told her audience.