Letter to President Tajani on planned visit of Syria's representative to the European Parliament

Marietje

Official letter sent to President Tajani on the 6th of April 2017.

Dear President Tajani,

Next Monday our colleagues of the Syria Peace Process Support Group (which is not an official EP body) are planning to host the highest ranking representative of the Assad regime in Europe, Mr Ayman Soussan, in our Parliament.

Member States have expelled Syrian diplomats and officials, and some are also sanctioned over the grave violations of human rights they are responsible for.

Only days ago we saw the death of innocent civilians and children as a result of the use of chemical weapons. The attack, committed on the eve of the EU donor conference, is a war crime.

The only context in which EU officials should speak with Syrian officials is in UN led peace talks, or in the context of providing aid to those in need on the ground. Monday's event does not seek to achieve either and is entirely inappropriate.

These serious facts considered, I call upon you to act.

Sincerely,

Marietje Schaake

UPDATE: On the 7th of April President Tajani wrote to the organisers that following the recent use of chemical weapons and the subsequent developments, he made a political decision not to authorise this event on parliamentary premises.

For security reasons, he also decided not to authorise Mr Ayman Soussan access to the European Parliament.