EU – Call for Kobanê

Brussels, October 10, 2014

EU foreign policy chief, Catherine Ashton said in a statement that EU concerned by the security and humanitarian situation in Kobani and called for greater global fight against isis criminal-terror gangs.

“We are deeply concerned by the security and humanitarian situation in Kobani and the rest of the Syrian Kurdish self-proclaimed autonomous region after three weeks of siege and fierce fighting” said the statement from the office of EU foreign policy chief, Catherine Ashton.

“The people of Kobani have demonstrated to the international community their resolve to use all means to protect their fundamental rights and values and to resist oppression.”

“The EU remains committed to play its role to the full in the fight against IS and in solidarity with all people suffering from IS actions,”the statement further said.

It called for the EU, Turkey and other regional and international partners “to work together more, to isolate and contain the threat of IS.”

It raised concerns about recent deaths in Turkey, where Kurds have launched a wave of violent protests against the government’s refusal to cross the border and engage militarily with IS fighters.

“The EU is seized of the urgency of the situation and is working on the details of a significant further package of additional support,”the statement added.

U.N. envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura warned on Friday that some 12,000 civilians still in or near Kobani, including 700 mainly elderly people in the town center, “will most likely be massacred” by IS militants if the town falls.

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