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EU foreign policy chief urges new UN-led drive for Syrian peace

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Brussels, April 16 (IANS/AKI) The European Union's on Monday called for a fresh push for peace in war-wracked under the aegis of the

The devastating Syrian conflict between rebels and forces loyal to is now in its eighth year.

"First and foremost we are preparing for next week's conference on to ensure an opportunity to re-launch the peace process under the auspices of the United Nations," Mogherini said here.

would "top the agenda" at Monday's summit of EU Foreign Ministers in Brussels, she said.

"We will reach some conclusions and reiterate our shared position in the name of the 28 member states - as I have laid out over the past two days - especially on the use of and our reactions to this."

Mogherini said she held talks on Sunday with the UN and with "our Arab partners" at a weekend summit in which she was invited to open.

"It seems clear to me that fresh impetus needs to be given at this time to relaunch the political process led by the UN," she said.

leaders on Sunday condemned the "criminal" use of in Syria and called for an international investigation, Saudi told reporters after the summit.

On Saturday, joint US, British and French strikes targeted Syrian sites in response to an alleged attack on the town of near on April 7.

Western allies believe the attacks killed dozens of people with the use of and possibly Sarin and that the Syrian was responsible. Syria vehemently denies this.

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First Published: Mon, April 16 2018. 22:06 IST
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