22 January 2014 –
The head of the Russian Orthodox Church says security and religious freedom of Christians in the Middle East must be ensured along with the security and religious freedom of the other citizens in Syrian society.
Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia sent a message on Wednesday to the participants in the Geneva 2 international conference that is seeking a peace plan to end the Syrian civil war.
The conference began on Wednesday in Montreux, Switzerland, a town on Lake Geneva.
“Security and religious freedom of Christians, who have lived in the Middle East for over two thousand years and who are an integral part of the Syrian society, must be ensured along with the security and religious freedom of all other citizens,” said Kirill.
The Russian Orthodox Church, the world’s biggest Christian Orthodox tradition, urged the leaders of 31 nations who have converged on the Swiss lakeside town to “exert every possible effort to end the hostilities immediately and unconditionally so that dialogue could begin.”
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