Syria: Italy's FM Terzi: Unequivocal message to Damascus

Ambassadors expelled from main EU capitals

29 May, 19:29

Italian Foreign Minister Giulio Terzi Italian Foreign Minister Giulio Terzi

(ANSAmed) - ROME, MAY 29 - The expulsion of Syrian diplomatic representatives from "the principal European capitals", including Rome, "following the horrors of Hula" represents a "strong and unequivocal message to the Damascus regime". In a message on Twitter,Italy's Foreign Minister Giulio Terzi continued with the phrase: "That is enough violence".

In a joint move, ambassadors and diplomatic staff have been expelled from Italy, France, Germany and the United Kingdom and there have been similar moves in Spain, the Netherlands, Hungary and Belgium. The United States has expelled the Syrian Charge', who was representing the country after its Ambassador had been called back to Syria''for consultation'' in October.

The Spanish government has resolved to expel a further four members of the Syrian diplomatic mission, giving them 72 hours to leave the country. The Syrian Ambassador to Paris, Lamia Shakkur, is to remain in the city in the role of Ambassador to Unesco. The expulsion of Syria's Italian Ambassador, resolved on by Foreign Minister Terzi, follows intense diplomatic activity by the Italian Foreign Office and other European diplomats over the weekend and during the course of today. The move represents a strong signal of deep dissatisfaction with Damascus' failure to apply the Annan plan, and especially its failure to stop the violence.

Sources say that Foreign Minister Terzi raised the issue of the critical situation in Syria as early as last week in New York, speaking to the UN Secretary General himself. following the Hula massacre, Italy's Foreign Minister contacted his principal European partners and countries in the region directly involved in the Syrian crisis. Along with his Turkish counterpart Minister Davutoglu, Terzi discussed opportunities to use the occasion of next Friday's planned Istanbul conference on Somalia to hold talks on Syria.

(ANSAmed).

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