“The Eurozone is fundamentally flawed. It needs substantive changes. That means going towards a more federal, integrated Europe.
“… We have a real problem in that we could face a collapse in Damascus. So-called Islamic State…(are) already in the suburbs and could become the owners of Damascus. That would be an absolute tragedy.”
“The refugee crisis that dominates Europe’s TVs and newspapers is the product of the horrendous civil war that still rages in Syria. Why will we not focus our attention on this? The reality in Syria is that the war creates the refugees. Do more to stop this war is my plea. While we focus on our own necessary response to refugees in Hungarian or Austrian railway stations, the humanitarian situation worsens in and around Syria. Refugee camps are struggling to cope. This civil war has to be stopped.
“Russian President Vladimir Putin hosted meetings on Aug. 25 with King Abdullah of Jordan in Moscow and is also talking to Saudi Arabia. The Security Council in New York should be making a contingency plan for what happens when Assad suddenly leaves Damascus to move to his Alawite coastal stronghold on the Mediterranean.”
Read the full text of Lord Owen’s article in the World Post here: Why Jordan is key to ending the Syrian crisis
Letter to The Times, published Thursday 27 August 2015
“All the members of the committee deserve to be congratulated on the report and on the tone that they have brought to this discussion…. We have to develop a much greater understanding of the complexity of the issues and we must do so fairly urgently….
“A great deal has been said about this whole issue of why Russia feels encircled. History shows us exactly the same: if you look to the origins of the 1914 war, there is no question but that encirclement was a big factor. It was felt not just by Russia at various stages but byGermany and by other countries…..
“We must return to this area to try to find our way through these difficult questions.”
View the full text here: H.LDebateonEU&Russia24.3.15
Lord Owen in an interview with CNN on 1 September states the need to work with moderate Muslims in efforts to defeat ISIS; endorses Obama’s handling of the crisis and need for assembling an international coalition involving the surrounding countries as was done in the first Gulf war under President Bush Snr..
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Article by Lord Owen published in The Huffington Post, 1 August 2014
LONDON – Ceasefires come and go between the Israelis and Palestinians while the death toll mounts. Only the United Nations General Assembly can mobilize world opinion. Nothing else seems likely to break the deadlock. The Security Council is un- able to move because of an implicit American veto hanging over its proceedings.
The important development over Gaza is that the Americans are no longer relying on the Egyptians or Saudi Arabia to help broker a settlement, but have turned to Turkey and Qatar in despair to mediate with Hamas, the Palestinian leaders within Gaza. What can Turkey and Qatar do? They can and should urgently liaise between Fatah and Hamas on a brief outline settlement with the objective of putting its terms to the UN General Assembly where it cannot be vetoed as in the Security Council…
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Speech by Lord Owen at Fordham University, New York, 19 June 2014
To be staying in the United States at this time is to experience a strange mood of puzzlement and anger as to how the foreign and security establishment in America should react to ISIS (the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant). The title for the organisation is at least for the present a reality – for they do control substantial territory in both Syria and Iraq. The question is for how long?..
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The following is also a link to an Interview Lord Owen had with Sky News on 22 June 2014:
Sky News Interview