OTTAWA, June 18, 2013 /CNW/ - The G8's agreement to officially push for
the Geneva II peace conference is finally some good news for Syria's
children, says aid agency World Vision.
Comment from the Middle East:
"These talks represent the best chance Syria's children have had in more
than two years for a future free from fear and violence," says Anita
Delhaas-van Dijk, World Vision's National Director in Lebanon.
"Including all relevant parties, however, is vital so the G8 pledge is
a welcome first step, and we hope they can use their collective
influence to bring all parties to the table in Geneva."
"On the agenda, first and foremost, must be negotiating an immediate end
to hostilities. Experience has shown the need for concerted action over
time, consistent investment of political will, technical and financial
resources, and the desire and commitment on all sides to progress
towards sustainable peace and security. This will require compromise.
However, what cannot be compromised is the safety and security of
"Violations of children's rights that are happening as a result of this
conflict must stop. This can only be meaningfully done through a full
cessation of hostilities and a peaceful resolution to the conflict.
More than 93,000 Syrians have died in this conflict so far and we know
that many thousands of children who have been killed, maimed,
displaced, or forced to fight. The children of this crisis are going
to pay a very heavy price for the failure to negotiate peace, which is
why we welcome these talks as a promising step in that process."
World Vision calls for Geneva II peace conference:
All parties to the conflict must prioritize ending use of force and
ensuring safety of civilians.
All parties to the conflict must provide aid organizations with safe and
unimpeded access throughout Syrian territory to provide humanitarian
assistance to children and families in need.
The international community needs to ensure that the Syria Humanitarian
Assistance Response Plan (SHARP) and the Syria Regional Response Plan
(RRP 5), as well as individual NGO appeals, are fully funded to provide
urgent relief to people in need in Syria, refugees, host countries and
communities. Particular attention must be paid to the needs of
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SOURCE: World Vision Canada
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