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Church aid agencies: no weapons for war in Syria

June 20, 2013

Freiburg/Berlin (epd). Church aid agencies have again pressed for a peaceful solution to the Syrian conflict. "Weapons are no solution," said Oliver Müller, director of Caritas International, on Wednesday in Freiburg: "We urgently need a serious peace initiative to put an end to people's suffering as soon as possible."

Müller welcomed the fact that Germany and the USA had promised another EUR 425 million in aid for Syria at the G8 summit on Monday and Tuesday. However, the humanitarian aid would not be much use if the conflict were not terminated by peaceful means very soon, he stated. Martin Keßler, director of Diakonia Emergency Aid, warned: "We must not stand idly by and watch the future of a whole generation being destroyed."

As a consequence of the civil war between the Assad regime and rebels, at least 1.6 million Syrians have fled to neighboring countries. Inside Syria about 4.2 million people have been forced to leave their homes. The parties to the conflict are being supplied with weapons from abroad and the United States recently announced its intention to deliver military equipment to the rebels. The Lebanese Hisbollah militia is fighting on the side of the government. Over 93,000 people have been killed since the conflict broke out in March 2011, according to UN sources.

20 June 2013

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