EU condemns Damascus bomb attacks

BRUSSELS, Jan 31 (KUNA) — The EU condemned Sunday the bomb blasts attack near the Seyyidah Zaynab shrine in Damascus saying it is aimed to disrupt the attempts to start a political process.
Forty-five people were killed in the attack which was claimed by the so-called Islamic State, IS.
“While some signs of hope arrive from Geneva, today we mourn new victims in Syria, murdered by the same who are trying to kill any perspective of peace,” EU High Representative Federica Mogherini said in a statement.
She stressed that, this process, started in November last year in Vienna, Austria, provides the best and probably only chance to bring to an end the conflict in Syria, which has caused and continues to cause so much suffering to so many.
It is encouraging that both the opposition and government delegations are now present in Geneva to begin the next stage of this process, noted the EU foreign policy chief.
The EU fully supports since the very beginning the UN Sepcial Envoy Staffan de Mistura in managing a process that can only move forward if the Syrian parties themselves, with the backing of the regional and international members of the International support group, demonstrate a willingness to take the necessary steps in these talks to make political progress and bring an end to the violence, she added. (end) nk.bs