The EU Tuesday expressed “its profound concern” and strongly condemned the “violent repression, including through the use of live ammunition,” of peaceful protests in various locations across Syria in recent days.
EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton in a statement said the repression resulted in the death of several demonstrators, wounded persons and arbitrary detentions noting that this ” is unacceptable.”
The 27-member European bloc called on the Syrian authorities to “refrain from using violence and to listen to the legitimate aspirations of the people and address them through inclusive political dialogue and genuine reforms and not through repression.”
Ashton said that the EU expects that the Investigation Committee created by the Ministry of Interior after the violent repression in the city of Daraa will ensure that those responsible for the death and injury of peaceful protestors are held accountable.
The EU called on the Syrian authorities to respect its international commitments to human rights and fundamental freedoms.