Christian Aid, Tearfund and the World Evangelical Alliance (WEA) have joined with other Christian organisations to call for a peaceful solution to the ongoing crisis in Syria as delegates meet for the Geneva II summit today.
The long-awaited international peace conference has invited representatives from Syria’s government and its opposition alliance to meet with officials from 30 countries, including the UK’s Foreign Secretary William Hague, to try and negotiate peace. It marks the first time that members of opposing Syrian factions have come together since civil war broke out almost three years ago.
Christian leaders from Syria, the Middle East Council of Churches, the World Council of Churches and the Holy See released a statement on January 20 in which they urged participants of Geneva II “to pursue an immediate cessation of all armed confrontation and hostility within Syria”.
“We call on you to develop a comprehensive and inclusive process towards establishing a just peace and rebuilding Syria…Geneva II must be transformed into a peace-building process,” the statement read.
“All efforts must be made to secure the peace, territorial integrity and independence of Syria.”
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