Germany’s AFD party demands end of EU sanctions against Syria

The German Member of parliament Dr. Christian Blex and other members of the Alternative for Germany (AfD) have passed two resolutions which demand an end of the EU-sanctions against Syria and condemn western air strikes, according to a press release obtained by the Syriatimes e-newspaper.

“We demand Germany be no longer complicit in the sanctions, which are an instrument of power against the current government”, the first resolution passed at the party convention in Augsburg reads. “A prolongation of the suffering of the Syrian people is incompatible with AfD-principles and not in the German national interest.”

The submitter Dr. Christian Blex, Member of Parliament of North Rine-Westphalia, said to delegates: “I ask you to put my proposal on the order of business, so the public can learn that the sanctions chronically threaten the health care system of Syria’s lower- and middle class.

They target human beings who the European states allegedly want to protect.” United Nations special rapporteur Idriss Jazairy confirmed the sanctions’ devastating effects on civil society as recently as May 2018. With this resolution the AfD condemns such measures as “nothing less than war with other means”.

He also emphasized how sanctions give motive for migration to Germany: “The EU-sanctions against Syria are a cause of flight; its removal would even benefit Germany’s economy.”

Another resolution which strongly condemns western air strikes against international law against Syria was also passed.

After the successful votes, the 42-year-old Blex said: “I am proud that four years after the resolution on the Russia-Crimea-crisis the AfD has proven again that it is also an alternative to the unhuman foreign policy power game.”

Dr. Blex’s speech to delegates was made on June,30 , 2018.

 

Basma Qaddour 

 

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