The President of the parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), Pedro Agramunt, called the mistake your recent trip to Syria. In his opinion, he was not able to correctly gauge the reaction of representatives of the Assembly on this visit.
“This trip was a mistake, I admit it, considering its implications. I apologize for this mistake,” said Agramunt, opening the spring session of PACE in Strasbourg.
Agramunt said that he was going to Syria, did not take into account all the possible consequences of his act. He explained that many in the Assembly had expressed concern about the visit, reports RIA Novosti.
PACE President explained that, in his opinion, the visit to Syria “has become the object of manipulation by the media.” In particular, as the politician said, his words were interpreted as support for the regime of Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad.
“My statements in Syria became a kind of obstacle to it (the trip) has been considered only as a trip of a Spanish Senator and was not an expression of support for the regime (Syrian President Bashar) Assad,” said Agramunt.
In March, the PACE President along with a delegation of Russian parliamentarians headed by Vice-speaker Vladimir Vasilyev visited Syria, where he met with President Bashar al-Assad and the Syrian people.
Since then, a number of PACE members (from Ukraine, Denmark, Poland, Austria) issued a statement criticizing Agramunt. The statement of the officials emphasized that they completely separate themselves from the aforementioned visit to Syria.