By- Sara Tarek:
The French news paper Liberation reported that the countries of the European Union sought Saturday to overcome their divisions on Syria by agreeing on the need for a Strong international response against the August 21 chemical attack in Damascus, but without going to support the draft strikes defended by the Secretary of U.S. State John Kerry.
In the aftermath of G20 where he had failed to obtain broad international support, U.S. President Barack Obama has called on the U.S. Congress to approve the principle that an army operation, “We are the United States. We cannot remain blind to the images of Syria we have seen “he said in his Weekly radio speech. The United States had the satisfaction to see Germany join the call by the eleven countries attending the G20 for a “strong international response” , unspecified nature, in the face of the chemical attack of August 21 in Damascus suburbs. Without naming the exact terms of this call, the foreign ministers of the EU agreed in Vilnius on the need for a “clear and strong response.” This formula is vague enough to satisfy the 28 EU countries, France, defending the same position as the United States, to those, more numerous, and who are very reluctant to military engagement without the approval of the UN.
“This agreement is a typical compromise the functioning of the EU,” said a diplomat. He was greeted by John Kerry, who had moved to Vilnius to explain Washington’s position “We are very satisfied with the statement” Europeans, “a strong statement on the principle of responsibility,” he said before leaving Lithuania. This announcement was also welcomed by the French minister, Laurent Fabius, who said: “The fact that Europe is together is a good thing.”
He said he was satisfied with the outcome of the meeting, while France was appeared isolated in Europe these days defending only the draft strikes against Syria. The safest European countries are very satisfied with the commitment Friday by the French President Francois Holland to await the publication of the UN report before initiating a military operation in France. “We very much welcome the statements of Mr. Holland,” summarized the head of European diplomacy, Catherine Ashton, after the meeting. “It has unlocked the discussions” in Vilnius, testified a diplomat.