High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the Commission Federica Mogherini answers journalists' questions on April 3 2016 during a Foreign Affairs meeting in Luxembourg. / AFP / JOHN THYS
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President Bashar Assad has no future in post-conflict Syria but his fate is ultimately up to the Syrian people, EU foreign ministers said Monday in response to an apparent shift in U.S. policy.The United States and the European Union have consistently demanded Assad stand down in any peace deal.Mogherini Tuesday co-hosts with the United Nations a two-day conference on Syria's future in Brussels focused on the disastrous humanitarian situation in the country after a war which has claimed more than 320,000 lives and displaced more than half the population.French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault for his part said there had to be a genuine political transition to a new Syria.
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