Mogherini says EU won’t help rebuild Syria until political process begins

The EU and UN have called for swift political talks to try and end Syria’s war as they host an international donor conference in Brussels. They also warned that the latest territorial gains by Damascus and its allies had not brought peace any closer. “We still believe that it is vital that the cessation of hostilities, in particular for humanitarian access, is guaranteed,” EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said. “The EU is not, has never been a military player, we are a humanitarian and political player,” the official added. The conference in Brussels is seeking billions of euro in aid for Syria. The EU has already provided over €11 billion ($13.4 billion) in aid to the population of Syria, as well as refugees. Germany will provide €1 billion ($1.2 billion) in humanitarian assistance for Syria, the country’s Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday.