Kobane: MEPs call on Turkey to do more to help Syrian city under threat by IS
Turkey should do more to help Kurds fight off the IS threat in Kobane, many MEPs said in a debate on the besieged Syrian city on 22 October. They also condemned the violence by IS and said more should be done to tackle the terrorist group and help its victims. Some also raised the potential threat of chemical weapons and said a wider strategy was needed for the Middle East.
Benedetto Della Vedova, standing in for Catherine Ashton, the EU’s high representative for foreign affairs, said Kobane had become the symbol of the rule of terror by ISIS. “All that is unacceptable for the European Union and its partners. The time has come to demonstrate how resolute we are to contain and defeat ISIS.”
Fabio Massimo Castaldo stressed the horrible suffering the Kobane people were going through and said that international community had been looking away. It had been too passive towards this humanitarian disaster and it would be hypocritical to deny it.