Spain: Properties raided in probe linked to Assad's uncle

Cheryl Sanders
April 6, 2017

"Today the news is bad", Mogherini said in an interview with media organisations in Brussels on the sidelines of a EU-UN conference that was meant to focus on the post-conflict situation in Syria.

"Nobody is winning this war, everybody is losing", Guterres said.

The conference began just a day after at least 58 people, including 11 children, were reported killed in a suspected chemical attack.

"But this is for the Syrians to decide, that is clear".

"The world should not be shocked, because it's letting such a regime do what it is doing". "Everyone is coming to Brussels to make a statement and the regime made its statement in Syria".

"The issue of accountability is key for the European Union but also for the conference itself". "The worldwide community has to do something". German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel said he believed the changed United States position was certainly "more realistic", as to insist that al-Assad must step down from the start would only result in deadlock.

"They question the timing of these coordinated judicial actions, 33 years later, at a time when their country is suffering more than ever and where Rifaat al-Assad's voice should be heard to contribute to find a peaceful solution to the Syrian conflict", it read.

Armed conflict continues in Syria since March 2011.

Last year's conference in London raised more than $12 billion in pledges - $6 billion for 2016 and $6.1 billion more for 2017-20.

According to United Nations relief coordinator Stephen O'Brien "for the immediate needs of 2017, we need about $8 billion", but he said that aid can not reach those in need without a cease-fire. "You pick and choose your battles", said Nikki Haley, the United States ambassador to the UN. "Once we have the funds we can deliver the programs that save lives and help to seek to protect civilians".

After almost seven years of war, "it seems completely unrealistic to believe that the future of Syria will be exactly the same as it used to be in the past", Mogherini said as she arrived for an European Union foreign ministers meeting in Luxembourg.

But Turkey, host of close to 3 million Syrian refugees, has refused to confirm whether it plans to attend. I know it sounds surreal, especially today.

"I know it can sound surreal to start planning peace when in middle of conflict but. you hear this more than anything else, they want peace and want to get out of this awful situation", she said.

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