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Tuesday, 14 January 2014

Statement on Vatican Meeting of Experts on Syria and Geneva 2 | ZENIT - The World Seen From Rome

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The following is a statement released by participants of the workshop "Syria: Can We Remain Indifferent?", a Jan. 13 meeting of political experts and Church leaders hosted by the Pontifical Academy of Sciences at its Casina Pio IV headquarters in the Vatican Gardens.

For His Holiness Pope Francis

On the Deliberations of the Workshop of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences on the Crisis in Syria and the Hopes for the Geneva 2 Conference
January 13, 2014

The horror of violence and death in Syria has brought the world to a renewed reflection, and thereby to a new chance for peace.  The Geneva 2 Conference on January 22 allows the people of Syria, the region, and the world to conceive of a fresh start to end violence that has claimed more than 130,000 lives and left a beautiful country in ruins and dislocation.  Let us therefore all work in harmony and trust to chart an urgent path to reconciliation and reconstruction.

The first and most urgent step, agreeable to all men and women of goodwill, should be an immediate cease-fire and end to violence of all kinds, an end without political preconditions.  All internal combatants should put down their weapons; all foreign powers should take immediate steps to stop the flow of arms and arms funding that feed the escalation of violence and destruction.  The immediate cessation of violence is in the interest of all.  It is a humanitarian imperative, and represents the first step to reconciliation.

The end of fighting should be accompanied by the immediate start of humanitarian assistance and reconstruction.  Millions of Syrian people have been displaced.  Countless numbers are refugees, being housed temporarily in camps in neighboring countries.  The displaced populations are suffering from extreme and life-threatening deprivations of nutrition, safe water, sanitation, electricity, safe shelter, telecommunications, transport, and other basic human needs required by any well-functioning society.  Let Syria embark, with the full plentitude of global financial and human support, to a path of rebuilding, one that can begin even before all political and social questions are resolved.

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Statement on Vatican Meeting of Experts on Syria | ZENIT - The World Seen From Rome
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