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Response to events in Aleppo ‘Shameful’ – Adams

14 December, 2016 - by Gerry Adams

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams has described the international response to the humanitarian crisis in Aleppo as ‘shameful’. The Sinn Féin leader also challenged the Fianna Fáil leader’s fixation with Sinn Féin.

Teachta Adams said:

“Teachta Martin’s fixation with Sinn Féin continues. In discussing the awfulness of war in Syria, he manages to mention us in his prayers for the conversion of the Russians. For our part, we have no truck with Russian aggression or aggression by any of the big powers. We are against all aggression; unlike Teachta Martin, who seems to support some of the forces engaged in Syria.

“All of them should cease their violent actions.

“The situation in Syria, and in particular in Aleppo, has significantly deteriorated in the last 48 hours. Already today, the ceasefire appears to have ended. The UN has received claims that militia forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad have entered homes and killed at least 82 civilians. The siege of Aleppo has been a shameful episode in international politics.

“The claim by Russia’s envoy to the UN that, ‘Nobody is going to harm the civilians’, is incredible and unbelievable.

“The horror of Aleppo is a stark and frightening reminder of the absolute failure of the international community to negotiate an end to violence that is targeted at a civilian population.

“The war in Syria has been going on for five years. Almost half a million are dead and millions more have been forced to flee. Like most wars, there is no military solution. It needs a political agreement. 

“The European Council meeting this week provides an opportunity for the EU to do something positive in supporting the civilian population of Aleppo in the provision of urgently needed aid; actively seek an end to violence from all combatant groups; and the need for a more tolerant and compassionate attitude to those refugees fleeing Syria.” 

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