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Negotiations should end the conflict and bring political transition in Syria, urged the World Council of Churches and Pax Christi International in a joint statement issued 15 March.

The statement notes that this month marks the fifth anniversary of the conflict in Syria. “This ongoing war presents one of the greatest political and moral challenges of our time,” the statement reads.

The statement calls upon all involved parties to demonstrate good will and to take part in negotiations in Geneva. “The Syrian people must be at the centre of the resolution of the conflict,” the statement reads.

Humanitarian aid must be assured as well: “Increased aid to besieged areas and a lull in the violence could show the Syrian people that a political process could lead to results, thus contributing to public support for the necessary revival of the Geneva peace talks.”

Read the full WCC, Pax Christi Statement

See also:

WCC urges support for social media campaign to end Syria crisis (WCC press release of 25 January 2016)

WCC/UN conference calls for coordinated action on refugee crisis (WCC press release of 20 January 2016)