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MEPs reiterate the need for a political solution to the Syria conflict

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 4 luglio 2020

The Foreign Affairs and Development Committee Chairs deliver remarks during the ministerial meeting at the IV Brussels conference on supporting the future of Syria and the region.The Chair of the European Parliament’s Committee on Foreign Affairs, David McAllister (EPP, DE) and the Chair of the Committee on Development, Tomas Tobé (EPP, SE), participated in the meeting of Foreign Ministers held in the framework of the IV Brussels Conference.
The Foreign Affairs Committee Chair intervened during the first part of the afternoon plenary session, which was co-chaired by European Commissioner for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Olivér Várhelyi. Mr McAllister stressed that from the beginning of the conflict in Syria, the European Parliament has provided a strong mandate to the European Commission and the European External Action Service in deploying all efforts to find a political solution to the conflict and for their capacity to continue to provide relief to the Syrian population both in Syria and in neighbouring countries. He also underlined that a political solution to the conflict must remain the primary objective of the international community. The regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad must come to the negotiating table and show a clear commitment to resolving the conflict, in accordance with UN Security Council Resolution 2254. There is no way around this fundamental principle and this is why it is important to ensure that the resources devoted to the immediate relief of the Syrian people will not be used for reconstruction purposes or longer-term relief in Syria, unless there is a clear commitment by the Syrian regime to adhere to the Geneva process and until a political process is underway. Mr McAllister reminded all participants that the future of Syria also very much depends on the Syrian refugees who will choose to return – once the conflict is over. They will play an active role in rebuilding their country. Facilitating access to education and to longer-term socio-economic integration for Syrian refugees is essential. Mr McAllister concluded his intervention by inviting Ambassador Geir O. Pedersen, Special Envoy for Syria of the UN Secretary General, to the European Parliament to continue the dialogue on ways to bring an end to the conflict in Syria.The Chair of the Committee on Development intervened during the second part of the afternoon plenary session, which was co-chaired by European Commissioner for Crisis Management Janez Lenarčič. Mr Tobé recalled how only a week ago, Parliament’s Budgets Committee approved an additional EUR 585 million to support Syrian refugees and host communities in Turkey, Jordan and Lebanon, in areas such as education, livelihoods, health, sanitation, water and waste services, and social protection. This is one more example of the continued commitment of the EU and its Member States – the largest donors when it comes to responding to the Syria crisis – to support the populations in need and especially those most vulnerable, such as women, children, minorities or people with disabilities. Mr Tobé, reiterated the demand of the European Parliament to respect humanitarian law, including the protection of civilians, as well as safe, timely and unhindered access for humanitarian organisations throughout Syria, including through the authorisation of cross-border and cross-conflict-line humanitarian access as authorised in UN Security Council resolutions. The Chair of the Development Committee also echoed the message of the Chair of the Committee on Foreign Affairs that the only way forward in resolving the conflict in Syria is a political solution under the auspices of the UN-led Geneva process. Until then, the international community has the responsibility to provide assistance and advocate for the protection of the Syrian population. This is what the European Parliament, and the European Union as a whole, have done for years, and will continue to do.

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Will an attack on Turkish troops in Syria change the course of the war?

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 2 marzo 2020

Istanbul. IT HAD BEEN decades since Turkey suffered such heavy losses in a single day of battle, let alone a single attack. The air strike that killed at least 33 Turkish soldiers in Syria’s Idlib province on February 27th risks escalating a messy civil war that has already taken hundreds of thousands of lives, created millions of refugees and dragged in foreign powers. Fears are now growing of a direct conflict between Russia, which supports the regime of Bashar al-Assad in Syria, and Turkey, which supports the rebels fighting it.Turkey blamed Mr Assad’s forces for the air strike, even though Russian jets have been much more active in the area. Russia denied responsibility, but suggested that Turkey may have invited the attack by placing its troops alongside Syrian rebels and not informing Russia of their location. Just hours after the strike Russia sent two warships armed with cruise missiles to the eastern Mediterranean. The warships sailed through the Bosphorus, which bisects Istanbul, Turkey’s biggest city. (font: The Economist)

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Chair’s statement: the situation in Syria

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 20 febbraio 2020

“The situation is north-west Syria is alarming and worsening each day. Over 500 000 people have been displaced since December alone and civilian populations are enduring continual attacks, bombings and indiscriminate killings. Bombs are targeting densely populated areas, medical facilities and settlements for internally displaced people, resulting in hundreds of civilian deaths and worsening humanitarian conditions. Idlib is the last opposition-held enclave and is home to hundreds of thousands of internally displaced people who have fled other battle zones in the country – many having been forced to move several times. There is nowhere left for these people to run.The Syrian government and its backers are failing in their obligations under international humanitarian law to ensure the protection of civilians. Further, the targeting of civilian areas makes the provision of humanitarian assistance difficult or even impossible. The international community cannot stand by and leave half a million people to live without safety and without access to shelter, water, food and medical services.The European Union has long held that there can be no military solution to the Syrian conflict and that the only path to stability is a credible and inclusive UN-facilitated political solution pursuant to UN Security Council Resolution 2254 (2015). As Chair of the Delegation for relations with the Mashreq countries, I now call on the relevant EU institutions, the EU Member States and the International Community to deploy all political and diplomatic means to bring an end to the bombing campaign and attacks on civilians in north-west Syria, and to ensure that humanitarian assistance can reach the people who need it. I intend to write to High Representative/Vice-President of the Commission, Josep Borrell, to thank him for his recent speech in the European Parliament on the situation in Syria, to ask him to engage with international partners as a matter of urgency to facilitate the opening of humanitarian corridors to Idlib and other affected communities in north-west Syria, and to report back to Parliament on the actions taken to achieve this.”

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Syria, Africa, Venezuela and US Middle East plan to be debated with Borrell

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 14 febbraio 2020

As a first item, MEPs will question EU Foreign Policy Chief Josep Borrell about Venezuelan politicians illegally entering into the EU, in a breach of sanctions decided by the European Council.The US Middle East plan aiming to find a solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, foresees both a future Palestinian state and recognition of Israeli sovereignty over settlements in the occupied West Bank. It considers Jerusalem as Israel’s “undivided” capital, while permitting a future Palestinian capital to include parts of East Jerusalem.A number of key actors, including the Palestinian leadership, the Arab League and the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) have rejected the plan in its entirety. EU Foreign Policy Chief Josep Borrell has also denounced it in a recent statement.The same day, the European Parliament will also take stock of the current security situation in Syria and debate the new comprehensive EU-Africa strategy.

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Reverse diaspora: Syria’s Armenians are fleeing to their ancestral homeland

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 3 luglio 2017

siriaWHEN war broke out in Syria in 2011, some of the wealthier families from the country’s Christian Armenian minority decamped to Yerevan, the Armenian capital, where they rented luxury flats on the city’s Northern Avenue. It felt, some would later say, as though they were on holiday. The government allotted them space in a local school, where Syrian teachers who had fled as refugees continued to instruct their children using the Syrian curriculum. It took some time for it to dawn on them that they might never go home.
Syria’s six-year-old civil war has forced more than 5m of its citizens to seek refuge outside their country. In 2015-16 hundreds of thousands trekked through the Balkans, seeking safety in Europe. But hardly any of Syria’s Armenian minority took this route. Instead, many went to Armenia. With its own population shrunken by emigration (falling from 3.6m in 1991 to 3m today), Armenia was happy to welcome as many Syrian Armenians—most of them educated, middle class and entrepreneurial—as would come.
Before the war some 90,000 ethnic Armenians lived in Syria, two-thirds of them in Aleppo. Many were descended from ancestors who had fled their homeland in 1915, escaping genocide committed by the Ottomans. For most of them, the civil war has put an end to a century-long story. Hrair Aguilan, a 61-year-old businessman, invested his life savings in a furniture factory in Aleppo just before the war, only to see it destroyed. Now he is in Yerevan to stay. “It lasted a hundred years. It is finished,” says Mr Aguilan. “There is no future for Christians in the Middle East.” No more than 30,000 Syrian Armenians are believed to remain in Syria. Many dispersed to Lebanon, Canada, Turkey, the Persian Gulf states and elsewhere. The rest, up to 30,000, went to what they regard as the motherland. (Some have since moved on to other countries.) The wealthy, who found it easy to move, came first. Others tried to wait out the war in Syria, fleeing only once their means were exhausted. They arrived in Armenia with nothing.
Vartan Oskanian, a former foreign minister of Armenia who was born in Aleppo, says many of the refugees have started small businesses. In Syria, members of the Armenian minority tended to be skilled professionals or artisans; they were known as jewellers, doctors, engineers and industrialists. Native Armenians are delighted by the restaurants opened by the newcomers, who have brought their much spicier cuisine to a country where food (and almost everything else) has long been influenced by the bland flavours of Russia.
Almost all of the refugees have ended up in Yerevan, apart from some 30 families from a farming area, who were resettled in Nagorno-Karabakh, an Armenian-held territory that is disputed with Azerbaijan. Some young men who had fought in the Syrian army have volunteered to serve on the front lines of that conflict, but many more young Syrian Armenians hold off on asking for Armenian citizenship so that they do not have to do military service.Vasken Yacoubian, who once ran a construction company in Damascus, now heads the Armenian branch of the Armenian General Benevolent Union (AGBU), a global charity. He says refugees are still arriving from Syria, if no longer in large numbers. A few have even gone back, especially those with property (if only to try to sell it). Some Syrian Armenians argue that they have a duty to return: their diaspora forms an important branch of Armenian civilisation, and must be preserved.Yet Mr Oskanian says those who have returned to Syria see little future for the community there. In Syria, Armenians have staunchly backed the regime of Bashar al-Assad, which has protected them from persecution by Muslim extremists. But that government controls only a portion of Syria’s territory, and Mr Assad’s fate in any peace deal is uncertain. Meanwhile officials at Armenia’s Ministry of the Diaspora, which was caught unprepared by the influx of Syrians, are taking no chances. They are making contingency plans in case a new conflict erupts in Lebanon, sending thousands of Lebanese Armenians their way. (font: The Economist)

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Another peace deal: An agreement to halt fighting in four zones of Syria

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 9 Maggio 2017

siriaRUSSIA’S announcement that Syrian warplanes will stop flying over some of the country’s bloodiest battlefields should be cause for joy. No accurate figure exists for the number of people killed during the war, but monitoring groups estimate that 470,000 have died, the vast majority of them civilians. What is certain, however, is that the Syrian air force, with the help of Russia and Iran, has killed most of these people. Its helicopters and warplanes have dropped bombs, missiles and gas on schools, hospitals and homes. Ending the slaughter means first grounding the regime’s air force.Under the terms of a deal signed by Russia, Iran and Turkey at talks in Kazakhstan on May 4th, this is what is supposed to happen. All operations, including Syrian military flights, will supposedly stop in four “de-escalation zones” within the country where opposition fighters still hold considerable territory. If all sides abide by the deal, then these areas will become safe zones that could, at some stage, be policed by troops from Russia and Turkey. Russian news outlets speculated that troops from Brazil and India may also play a role in peacekeeping. Donald Trump is reported to have approved the agreement in a call with the Russian president, Vladimir Putin.The ambitious plan is the latest in a series of attempts to put an end to the six-year war. Details on exactly how it will work on the ground are thin and there are a number of possible spoilers. Key to the plan’s success will be the Syrian government’s commitment to its terms. Backed by its allies Russia and Iran, the regime has repeatedly vowed to continue fighting until it controls the entire country. In trying, it has often acted against the interests of both its main sponsors.The rebels are justifiably suspicious of the deal, pointing out that Russia has failed to rein in its unruly partner in the past. They are also deeply sceptical about the role of Iran, which they accuse of deliberately stoking sectarian hatred during the war (rebel representatives walked out of talks on Wednesday in protest at Iran’s role as a signatory and guarantor of the latest deal). This mistrust has seen previous ceasefire agreements collapse within weeks, with both sides accusing each other of violating their terms.
Little has changed to make it any more likely that this latest effort will succeed where the others have failed. Under the new deal, Russia, Iran and the regime are still allowed to target jihadists linked to al-Qaeda, who fight side by side with other rebel factions in some parts of the country, including within the designated safe areas. The regime has in the past used this co-operation to justify breaking ceasefires and bombing rebel positions. In Idlib, which is supposed to fall inside one of the four safe zones, al-Qaeda-linked factions now dominate an alliance of rebel groups that controls most of the province. It is unlikely that the regime will stop its bombing campaign there. Nor is it likely that the rebel alliance will stop attacking the regime. Both sides will accuse the other of violating the ceasefire.Like Idlib, many of the areas where the conflict will supposedly be paused as part of the deal have seen an escalation in fighting in recent months. Government forces and pro-regime militias have tightened the sieges of Eastern Ghouta, a densely populated rebel-held suburb of Damascus, and the rebel redoubt north of the city of Homs. The deal will also cover an area in the south, along the Jordanian border, where American-backed rebel forces have made gains against both Islamic State and government forces since the start of the year. “As of the sixth of this month all military operations will be ceased,” the head of the Russian delegation to the talks in Kazakhstan, Alexander Lavrentyev, said. “All Syrian flights over these areas will cease.” If this happens, then separate talks in Geneva aimed at finding a lasting political solution to the war may finally move forward. The chances of this happening, however, are slim. (font: The Economist)

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Syria: Peace is Possible meeting at Caritas Internationalis

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 27 settembre 2016

siriaCaritas Internationalis will host its members working on Syria and Iraq on 28 September in its offices in Rome. The meeting comes a day before Catholic organisations working in the Middle East on conflict in the two countries meet with Pope Francis as part of a Vatican hosted event.
Among the participants at the Caritas meeting will be Caritas Syria president Bishop Antoine Audo of Aleppo, the new Caritas Syria director Riad Sargi, Fr. Paul Karam from Lebanon, Wael Suleiman of Jordan, and Caritas leaders from Iraq and Turkey.
The meeting comes at a key moment with the conflict in the Syrian city of Aleppo intensifying and preparations underway for an assault on the Iraqi city of Mosul. Caritas Internationalis renews its call for a negotiated peace to end the suffering of Syrian and Iraqi people.Pope Francis urged governments on 5 July to find a political solution to the war in Syria as part of the Caritas Internationalis ‘Syria: Peace is Possible’ campaign. “I invite you to ask those who are involved in peace talks to take these agreements seriously and to commit to facilitating access to humanitarian aid,” said Pope Francis in a message.
Dealing with the humanitarian consequences of the five year war in Syria is the largest Caritas relief operation in the world. Caritas provides food, healthcare, basic needs, education, shelter, counselling, protection and livelihoods in Syria and to refugees in host countries. National Caritas organisations reached 1.3 million people last year alone.
Caritas is urging its supporters around the world to put pressure on their governments to:
• Ensure all sides of the conflict come together to find a peaceful solution,
• Support the millions of people affected by the war,
• Give Syrians inside and outside the country dignity and hope
Caritas launched a website to support the campaign which includes specially commissioned artwork, an animated film on the war, an award winning photo series and testimony from Syrians living both inside the country and as refugees in bordering nations and beyond.

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Syria: How much longer?

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 21 marzo 2016

syrian civil warThis week marks five years since the start of the war in Syria. More than 250,000 people have been killed and millions displaced in a conflict which has created the largest humanitarian crisis of our time. We, the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, take this opportunity to call on all parties to the conflict to do everything in their power to find a long term and sustainable political solution to the conflict.We mark this commemoration with both deep sadness and great admiration for all those who have endured terrible hardships over the past five years. We reaffirm our commitment to the people of Syria, who have shown incredible fortitude and resilience in the face of adversity. We remain determined to support them as they keep striving for a better tomorrow, for a future for their children.The recent cessation of hostilities has brought a period of long-sought calm for the Syrian people and we welcome all efforts to find a political solution to this crisis. The fact remains that over 13.5 million people in Syria are still in need of urgent humanitarian assistance, five million of them children, many of whom have only known war. Daily life is characterized by fear and uncertainty. Bombs and mortars strike indiscriminately. Homes, hospitals and schools have been damaged or destroyed completely.
Some 6.6 million people have been displaced internally, often many times over. Staff and volunteers of the Syrian Red Crescent (SARC), supported by Movement partners, work tirelessly to do what they can to help, frequently in difficult and dangerous circumstances. Each month, SARC distributes relief to 4.5 million people, and it is the primary local partner for the UN and all international NGOs registered and operating throughout Syria.In the past five years, 53 SARC volunteers and staff have been killed in the course of their humanitarian work in the country, as well as eight volunteers and staff of the Palestine Red Crescent Society. We take this opportunity to pay tribute to the tremendous courage and dedication of the volunteers and staff of the Red Crescent. We urge all parties to this conflict to ensure aid workers are protected and allowed to do their jobs in safety.We also mark this anniversary by reiterating our call for regular, unimpeded access to the besieged and hard-to-reach areas of Syria. Humanitarian aid should not be dependent on political negotiations and we remind all parties to this conflict of their obligations under international humanitarian law (IHL) to respect civilian life and human dignity.As a Movement, we stand resolute in our determination to bring help to all those who need it. Beyond Syria’s borders, many more tragedies are unfolding. Over 9 million people have now fled the fighting in Syria, the majority to the neighbouring countries of Jordan, Lebanon, Iraq and Turkey. Millions more have risked their lives to cross into Europe. Throughout their perilous journeys, National Red Cross Red Crescent Societies have been a constant presence and a constant support. United by the Fundamental Principles of humanity, neutrality and impartiality, Red Cross and Red Crescent volunteers and staff are working around the clock to provide people on the move with food, water, healthcare and reassurance. Our work in psychosocial support and restoring family links has meant that millions of families have been comforted and reunited, a glimmer of hope amongst terrible sadness. But there is much work to be done in the weeks and months to come. We stand united as a Movement to ensure the protection of migrants, refugees and people seeking asylum.As the Syria conflict enters its sixth year and as another phase of critical peace talks get underway in Geneva, we urge all those with a role in the conflict to remember that they have the fate of millions in their hands.

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Syria must not be a silent crisis for women and girls says IPPF

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 6 febbraio 2016

siriaIn reaction to yesterday’s pledges made from donor governments to Syria’s aid conference in London, IPPF Director General Tewodros Melesse said more action should be taken to ensure that sexual and reproductive health and rights are at the centre of humanitarian efforts.Mr Melesse stated that “We have seen some great progress today and we must celebrate that governments have come together to tackle one of the largest humanitarian crises we have seen in a long time. But we must not forget that in the response, sexual and reproductive health services should also be a top priority.Women and girls are disproportionately influenced by humanitarian crises exposed to early marriage, trafficking, rape, forced pregnancies, unattended service delivery during complicated pregnancies and delivery.We could save lives by putting money and efforts into an integrated comprehensive package on reproductive health into the standard humanitarian response. IPPF has been doing this for years, our staff work on both sides of the border and on the frontline. Beyond the immediate crisis, we also work with those affected, for the long term”.In Syria 46,500 women will suffer gender-based violence, including rape, as a result of the ongoing conflict. This shows a great need to ensure that the human rights of women and girls are protected and able to access sexual and reproductive healthcare.
IPPF Member, the Syrian Family Planning Association is on the front line when it comes to dealing with the less-reported consequence of every war- sexual and reproductive health and rights.Syrian Family Planning Association Executive Director Dr. Lama said ” When a woman comes to our services they are typically lost and without hope. Our indicator of success is that we help the hopeless to have hope.”
Over the last 10 years, IPPF has reached millions of people during floods, conflicts, earthquakes, cyclones. When health care often collapsed, our Member Associations continued to reach the underserved, which makes up three quarters of IPPF clients.

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Respect for Human Rights as a Precondition for Peace

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 5 febbraio 2016

Abu Bakr al-BaghdadiThe European Parliament discussed a draft resolution tabled by Swedish MEP Lars Adaktusson (EPP) at its plenary session from 1 to 5 February 2016. The draft calls for a European Parliament resolution on war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide committed against Christians, Yazidi, and other religious and ethnic minorities in Syria and Iraq by the so-called ISIS/Da’esh.
The Conference of European Churches appreciates the efforts of European Parliament in addressing this important subject. Religious and cultural civilisations in the Middle East region are disappearing day by day. We are witnessing one of the most extreme forms of human rights violations in that region, which needs to be prevented and stopped. The destruction of religious communities, ethnic groups and their property—including religious and cultural sites with immeasurable value for humanity—is happening in the Middle East in a systematic and coordinated way. People are being murdered every day.Most victims are members of religious and ethnic minorities including Christians from the ancient churches (Chaldeans/Assyrians/Syriacs) in the region. Yazidi, Turkmen, Shabak, Sabaean Mandeans, Kaka’i, Sabian, Shia Muslim, moderate Sunni Muslim communities, as well as Kurds are captured by militants of the self-proclaimed Islamic State (IS) and other extremist groups.With this resolution the European Parliament is sending a strong message to the UN Security Council to refer the situation in Iraq and Syria to the International Criminal Court. Upon such a referral the Court can assume jurisdiction. Only then could an investigation of these crimes commence under the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide (Genocide Convention). The Genocide Convention obliges state parties to ‘punish’ and ‘prevent’ genocide wherever it occurs via international criminal justice mechanisms. The intention of ISIS is to attack any group that disagrees with their political agenda or view of society. Their intention to destroy social, economic, cultural, religious, and moral foundations has been eminently evident from observations made to date.
The Conference of European Churches (CEC) urges all state and non-state actors to pay special attention to the religious dimension of this conflict. CEC deplores the use of Islam for political purposes and the kidnapping of people especially women, children, priests, and bishops. CEC denounces the systematic targeting of Christian churches, monasteries, and other buildings by extreme militants. It asks all relevant regional players to advocate for religious diversity, religious tolerance, and pluralism in the inflamed region. The systematic vandalism, separation of families, violence, murder, and rape as part of the war strategy is unacceptable. Therefore, CEC urges all parties of the existing conflict to find a peaceful solution and to seek the promotion and protection of human rights and respect for human dignity of all people. We urge parties in the conflict to establish an immediate ceasefire and to engage in meaningful dialogue for viable political solutions to the crisis in Syria and Iraq and to create the climate for a national and multilateral reconciliation.Religion can and should be part of the solution; it should never have been permitted to become any part of the problem. Strong interreligious dialogue can contribute to social stability, mutual respect and religious tolerance, diversity, and peace. All parties in the conflict need to recognise the importance of the spiritual and cultural value of all religious and ethnic minorities in the Middle East region in order to create peaceful and inclusive democracies.

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Governing Board holds first meeting in Geneva

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 29 novembre 2013

Ecumenical church centre in Langendorf SO, Swi...

Ecumenical church centre in Langendorf SO, Switzerland. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Governing Board of the Conference of European Churches began its first meeting at the Ecumenical Centre in Geneva on Tuesday.CEC President, the Rt Rev. Christopher Hill, Bishop of Guildford in England, who retires from the position on November 30, opened the proceedings with prayers in the chapel of the Ecumenical Centre.There, prayers were offered for those languishing in warring Syria, people suffering from the super typhoon in the Philippines and for the people of Europe who face debilitating economic conditions.
Until the 14th CEC Assembly in Budapest in June and July of this year the main governing body of CEC was its Central Committee. CEC’s new constitution replaces the Central Committee with the Governing Board.
Very Rev. Karin Burstrand, the Dean of Gothenburg in the Church of Sweden is one of the two vice-presidents along with His Eminence Metropolitan Emmanuel of France who stepped down as President.
World Council of Churches General Secretary, Rev. Olav Fykse Tveit, spoke to Board members later, exchanging views about ecumenical organisations undergoing change.
The Conference of European Churches (CEC) is a communion of 115 Orthodox, Protestant, Anglican and Old Catholic Churches from all European countries, and 40 organisations in partnership. It was founded in 1959 and the CEC has offices in Geneva, Brussels and Strasbourg.

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The European Solidarity front for Syria

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 21 novembre 2013

Photo taken during a demonstration in Montreal...

Photo taken during a demonstration in Montreal in solidarity with the people of Syria, March 27. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The European Solidarity front for Syria and the Syrian community in Italy join to an European fundraising promoted by Sol.Id, to buy strictly necessary goods affecting especially the weaker groups of syrian population, like children, elderly, and war invalids.
Syrian people are torment from 32 months of terrorist war, that hit and destroyed large part of industries on the territory, completely self-contained before hostilities’ start; so with this solidarity campaign will be purchased those goods that today Syria is forced to import, such as milk powder, wheelchairs for the disabled and medicine, of this drugs for the treatment of cancer are now subject to the embargo
The campaign of fundraising will culminate with a solidarity mission in next year, for which Europeans volunteers will deliver directly to Syria the bare necessities. The European Solidarity Front for Syria invite all to participate at this solidarity fundraising.

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Parliament calls for humanitarian conference on Syrian refugee crisis

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 12 ottobre 2013

The EU should convene a humanitarian conference aimed at helping Syria’s neighbouring countries to cope with the still-growing influx of refugees, said the European Parliament in a resolution passed on Wednesday. MEPs urged the EU to go on providing humanitarian aid and support to refugees and to guarantee them safe entry and access to fair asylum procedures in the EU.The humanitarian conference on the Syrian refugee crisis should explore ways to help refugee host countries in the region (in particular Lebanon, Jordan, Turkey and Iraq) to cope with still-growing refugee populations and to keep their borders open to all Syrian refugees, MEPs say. Thousands of Syrians flee to neighbouring countries every day. The UN forecasts that 3.5 million refugees will have left Syria by the end of 2013.Besides humanitarian aid, the conference should also focus on strengthening the EU’s role and involvement in diplomatic efforts to help end the conflict in Syria, adds the text.Speaking for the European Commission in the debate, Commissioner Barnier agreed to the organisation of such a conference.
Parliament calls on the EU, as the largest humanitarian aid donor in the Syrian crisis, to “continue its generous funding” to meet the needs of the Syrian people.Member states should explore all existing EU laws and procedures to provide a safe entry into the EU to temporarily admit Syrians fleeing their country, says Parliament, welcoming the general consensus among EU member states that Syrian nationals should not be returned.Refugees should have “access to fair and efficient asylum procedures” in the EU, say MEPs, who also reiterate the need for more solidarity among member states with those facing particular pressure to receive refugees.Parliament points out that “member states are required to come to the assistance of migrants at sea”, and calls on those which have failed to abide by their international obligations to stop turning back boats with migrants on board.EU countries are encouraged to make full use of money to be made available from the Asylum and Migration Fund and the Preparatory Action to “Enable the resettlement of refugees during emergency situations”.The resolution encourages EU countries “to address acute needs through resettlement”, in addition to existing national quotas and through humanitarian admission.The possible influx of refugees into EU member states requires “responsible measures“, say MEPs, who call on them and the EU Commission to work on contingency planning, including the possibility of applying the Temporary Protection Directive, “if and when conditions demand it”.Under this 2001 directive, which so far has never been triggered, refugees would be granted a residence permit for the entire duration of the protection period, as well as access to employment and accommodation.

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Rifugiati siriani: due milioni

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 7 settembre 2013

Il numero di rifugiati siriani ha toccato oggi quota 2 milioni e non sembra che il flusso sia destinato a terminare. Siamo ormai abbondantemente nel terzo anno di guerra e dalla Siria non si arresta il flusso di donne, bambini e uomini che attraversano i confini in uscita dalla Siria spesso portando con sè poco più dei vestiti che indossano.
E’ un trend allarmante quello che ha visto fuggire 1.8 milioni di persone in 12 mesi. Esattamente un anno fà i rifugiati registrati o in attesa di registrazione erano 230.671.“La Siria è diventata la grande tragedia di questo secolo – una vergognosa calamità umanitaria con livelli di sofferenza e esodi mai registrati nella storia più recente,” ha affermato António Guterres, Alto Commissario delle Nazioni Unite per i Rifugiati. “L’unico conforto è rappresentato dall’umanità dimostrata dai paesi confinanti nell’accogliere e salvare la vita di così tanti rifugiati.”Oltre il 97 per cento dei rifugiati siriani sono ospitati dai paesi della regione confinante, il che pone un fardello non indifferente sulle infrastrutture, sulle economie e le società dei paesi coinvolti. C’è urgente bisogno di un consistente sostegno internazionale per aiutare questi paesi a gestire la crisi dei rifugiati siriani.Alla notizia della triste tappa dei 2 milioni, l’Inviato Speciale dell’UNHCR Angelina Jolie ha espresso la propria costernazione per il livello di gravità che il conflitto ha raggiunto costringendo così tanti Siriani a fuggire per mettersi in salvo.“Il mondo sta rischiando di essere pericolosamente complice del disatro umanitario siriano. La marea di sofferenza umana scaturita dal conflitto ha implicazioni catastrofiche. Se la situazione continua a deteriorasi in questo modo, il numero di rifugiati siriani continuerà a crescere e i paesi vicini potrebbero arrivare al collasso”.“Il mondo è tragicamente diviso sulla possible soluzione al conflitto siriano” ha aggiunto Angelina Jolie, “ma non ci dovrebbe essere disaccorso sulla necessità di alleviare la sofferenza umana e nessun dubbio sulla responsabilità del mondo intero di fare di più. Dobbiamo dare supporto a milioni di persone innocenti strappate dalle loro case e migliorare la capacità dei paesi vicini di affrontare i flussi”.Con una media di circa 5.000 siriani in fuga ogni giorno nei paesi vicini, la necessità di aumentare gli aiuti umanitari e il supporto allo sviluppo delle comunità ospitanti ha raggiunto un punto critico. In considerazione della pressione che l’esodo di rifugiati sta esercitando sui paesi limitrofi, compreso un negativo impatto economico, i ministri di Iraq, Giordania, Libano e Turchia incontreranno l’UNHCR mercoledì 4 settembre a Ginevra, nel tentativo di accelerare il supporto internazionale.Due milioni sono i siriani che si sono registrati o che sono in attesa di essere registrati come rifugiati. Alla fine di agosto questo numero comprendeva 110mila rifugiati in Egitto, 168mila in Iraq, 515mila in Giordania, 716mila in Libano e 460mila in Turchia. Circa il 52% dei rifugiati siriani è composto da bambini e ragazzi sotto i 17 anni. L’UNHCR ha annunciato proprio qualche giorno fa, il 23 agosto, che il numero dei bambini siriani rifugiati ha oltrepassato quota 1 milione.
Altri 4,25 milioni di persone sono sfollate all’interno della Siria, secondo i dati raccolti dall’Ufficio delle Nazioni Unite per il Coordinamento degli Affari Umanitari fino al 27 agosto. Considerati insieme, questi numeri – per un totale di più di 6 milioni di persone in fuga dalle loro case – significano che vi sono più siriani costretti a fuggire che qualsiasi altra popolazione in altre situazioni di crisi.
L’UNHCR è attiva in Siria e guida la risposta umanitaria alla crisi siriana in tutti i paesi limitrofi. Le agenzie umanitarie sono sottofinanziate in maniera preoccupante, considerando che è stato raccolto solo il 47% dei fondi richiesti per rispondere ai bisogni fondamentali dei rifugiati.

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Petersburg Community of Sant’Egidio: Appeal

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 5 settembre 2013


Syria (Photo credit: ewixx)

We address an urgent appeal to you so that we may come out of a state of impasse in front of the continuation of this tragic situation. We cannot wait any longer. The more this situation of conflict lasts, the more any hope for peace is consumed.We should soon find the way for a reasonable negotiation. The solutions are not simple. Syria is a mosaic of unique and fragile interpenetration of religious and ethnic minorities. It is located on the threshold of the ancient Middle Eastern fracture, made of old conflicts and open wounds. The war is likely to infect the whole region and especially it may easily overwhelm Lebanon. In addition to the legitimate interests of international security and those of neighboring countries, in Syria we witness the intertwining of delicate aspects of religious struggle and defense of minorities. The result is a complex geopolitical scenario, apparently uncompromising with the settlements designed in recent decades. Faced with a so deadly and geopolitically dense conflict, the temptation to powerlessness or to military shortcuts is strong.
As Community of Sant’Egidio, strong with a long experience of dialogue and commitment in the work for peace, we believe it is necessary to take decisive action to drive all the players on the road to a negotiated solution. Even in front of a disaster of similar proportions it is always possible to do something. We must defend the space of coexistence that – for better or worse – existed in the area. Gimmicks that lead to separate the various entities that make up the country today are not credible.Since the beginning of the Syrian crisis, the peaceful and dialogical positions were silenced. In their place, from both sides, the choice for armed confrontation prevailed. But it is now clear that there is no military solution. No winner will emerge from the current conflict, while the different positions will be ever more radicalized. It will be worse for everyone and especially for the Syrians who are suffering in such an unspeakable way.We must build a consensus in the international community: it does have sufficient power and authority to impose an immediate ceasefire. Only a truce may lead the parties to talk to each other, both Syrian and their respective allies. Well aware of the gravity of the situation, due to the extermination of innocent civilians and the use of prohibited weapons, the Community of Sant’Egidio with its experience in many conflicts and paths of peace, feels the need to reiterate that no one is able to win on the ground. To add violence to violence, by anyone, is a trap even for the best of intentions. To say that the solution in Syria is in negotiation does not express weakness, but political audacity. We are furthermore sure that a political settlement, and not a military solution, is the only one that history will not blame upon today’s leaders. Every international actor, in taking an intelligent and generous step towards the negotiation, will show both strength and credibility.We ask the G20 to express itself so that a people that is now hostage may find its future, so that the Syrians may speak to one another. Today, this possibility seems remote. International intervention should reopen the space for dialogue is the only possible solution before being all swept away in an even worse crisis. We appeal to you so that these arguments are firmly put on the agenda at the next G20 meeting in St. Petersburg.

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TeamViewer amplia la propria gamma di prodotti ed annuncia una soluzione per il monitoraggio remotoe l’inventario degli asset IT delle imprese

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 4 settembre 2013

Goeppingen, TeamViewer®, uno dei principali fornitori di software per il controllo remoto e i meeting online, amplia la sua gamma di prodotti con il lancio di ITbrain™, una soluzione basata su cloud per il monitoraggio remoto e l’inventario degli asset IT aziendali. L’ultima novità nella famiglia di prodotti TeamViewer permette agli amministratori IT di monitorare da remoto gli asset IT per una regolare attività di manutenzione a PC aziendali, server e software. Allo stesso tempo, il software TeamViewer per il controllo remoto ed i meeting online è stato aggiornato ed offre ora un insieme di nuove funzionalità integrate per il monitoraggio da remoto, senza costi aggiuntivi.ITbrain è una nuova soluzione, sviluppata da TeamViewer, che fornisce agli amministratori IT un programma di controllo dei sistemi, inventario degli asset, alert, notifiche email e tutti gli strumenti necessari a massimizzare le performance delle risorse IT delle aziende direttamente dalla TeamViewer Management Console, soluzione web di facile utilizzo. L’integrazione tra le due soluzioni permette di lavorare senza interruzioni, raccogliendo ed aggregando i dati nel cloud.ITbrain aiuta ad assicurare un corretto e continuo funzionamento dei sistemi e l’integrità dei dati.

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Peace talks only option to Syria crisis

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 2 settembre 2013

Al-Fayhaa Stadium in Damascus, Syria as seen f...

Al-Fayhaa Stadium in Damascus, Syria as seen from Mount Qasioun. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Caritas Internationalis says that the ongoing civil war in Syria can only be resolved through inclusive peace talks. The alleged use of chemical weapons in Damascus has highlighted how catastrophic the humanitarian situation has become for millions of people in Syria. The use of chemical weapons is an horrific crime.Caritas condemns all attacks against civilians. The combatants have a duty under international law to protect civilian lives. Caritas says the international community has an obligation to find an end to the suffering of the Syrian people, and that can only be achieve through broad dialogue.Caritas Internationalis Secretary general Michel Roy said, “The Syrian people don’t need more bloodshed, they need a quick end to it. They need an immediate truce. Scaling up military intervention by foreign powers will simply widen the war and increase the suffering.“The last decade bears witness to the tragic consequences of military intervention in Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya.
“Caritas believes that the only humanitarian solution is a negotiated one. Dialogue can end the war in Syria, safeguard the lives of the people and build a viable future for everyone. The priority must be to reinvigorate talks in Geneva as the first step towards a ceasefire and a peace dealA Syrian peace conference is planned to take place in Geneva this year.Caritas Syria and other Church partners continue to provide humanitarian assistance to people, without regard to their religious or political beliefs. Caritas says all sides must ensure that humanitarian staff can reach those in need.Pope Francis met King Abdullah of Jordan on Thursday. The Vatican said in a statement dialogue was the “only option” to end the conflict in Syria. The Pope and the King “reaffirmed that the path of dialogue and negotiation between all components of Syrian society, with the support of the international community, is the only option to put an end to the conflict and to the violence that every day causes the loss of so many human lives, especially amongst the helpless civilian population.”Pope Francis called for peace during his Sunday Angelus in St Peter’s Square on 25 August. “It is not confrontation that offers hope to resolve problems, but rather the ability to meet and dialogue,” he said. “I launch an appeal to the international community to be more sensitive to this tragic situation and to commit itself to the maximum to help the dear Syrian nation find a solution to a war which spreads destruction and death”.
Bishop Antoine Audo, the President of Caritas Syria, said, ” We hope that the Pope’s call for real dialogue between the warring parties to find a solution can be a first step to stop the fighting.”

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CEC urges efforts at global consensus after Syrian ‘chemical attack’

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 29 agosto 2013

The Conference of European Churches strongly condemns the use of chemical weapons last week in Syria that is believed to have killed more than 450 people and injured more than 3,500. It is a severe and alarming escalation in two-and-half years of atrocities in the conflict engulfing the region.CEC General Secretary Rev. Dr Guy Liagre said in a statement on August 28, “As the first known use of chemical weapons in the 21st Century, this is alarming for citizens of the world and the region. We are urging member churches to pray and encourage their leaders to voice their concern on behalf of the victims, the helpless and innocent people who continue to suffer in the conflict.”As the U.N. Security Council considers its response to this heinous act, we pray that  any decision taken will primarily consider the good of the Syrian people and not the exigencies of politics. Every effort among global leaders must continue to be made to reach an enlightened consensus on how to deal with the events around the chemical attack using international law and institutions.”We urge CEC member churches to pray for an end to the conflict in Syria and the protection of the rights of the most vulnerable within the framework of international human rights and in a manner that does not precipitate a worsened conflict.”

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Syrian Coalition Expresses Appreciation of the Arab League’s Resolution to Grant Syrian Seat to the Opposition

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 25 marzo 2013

Cairo, The National Coalition of Syrian Revolution and Opposition Forces highly appreciates the resolution of the Arab Foreign Ministers during a meeting in Doha, Qatar earlier today. The resolution grants the Arab League’s Syrian seat to the Syrian Coalition, and invites the Coalition leaders to attend the Arab Summit that will be held in Doha in two days.
This decision represents a major step, for the Syrian revolution, on the road to liberation from tyranny and oppression, and towards building a better and new Syria. We call on the Arab League, the United Nations, and on all neighboring Arab and friendly nations to stop any diplomatic or political dealings with the Assad regime, and to recognize the Syrian Coalition as the sole legitimate representative of the Syrian people. We call on them to do their part and fulfill their duty in rescuing the Syrian people from the crimes against humanity committed by the Assad regime.We thank all neighbouring and friendly Arab countries for their positions, and in particular, express our gratitude to Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and Arab Gulf states, which never hesitated to support the Syrian people and to stand with them during this historic moment.
بيان ترحيب بمنح مقعد الجامعة العربية للائتلاف
القاهرة 24/ 3/ 2013 – يقدر الائتلاف الوطني لقوى الثورة والمعارضة السورية عالياً قرار مجلس وزراء الخارجية العرب في اجتماعه في العاصمة القطرية الدوحة والقاضي بمنح الائتلاف مقعد سورية في الجامعة العربية ، ودعوة قيادة الائتلاف لشغل هذا المقعد في القمة العربية التي ستعقد في الدوحة خلال يومين.
يمثل هذا القرار مكسباً مهماً للثورة السورية ، وخطوة رئيسية على طريق تحقيق أهدافها بالتحرر من ربقة نظام القهر والاستبداد ، وبناء سورية الجديدة.
ندعو الجامعة العربية والأمم المتحدة وجميع الدول الشقيقة والصديقة إلى وقف التعامل السياسي والدبلوماسي مع نظام الأسد بشكل كامل، والاعتراف بالائتلاف الوطني ممثلاً شرعياً وحيداً للشعب السوري، والقيام بواجبها في نجدة الشعب السوري الذي يتعرض لجرائم حرب وجرائم ضد الانسانية بصورة يومية.
نشكر الدول العربية الشقيقة على موقفها ، ونخص بالشكر المملكة العربية السعودية ، ودولة قطر ودول الخليج العربي التي لم تتوان يوماً عن دعم الشعب السوري ، والوقوف معه في هذه اللحظة التاريخية الفاصلة التي يعيشها.
المكتب الإعلامي
الائتلاف الوطني
لمزيد من المعلومات نرجو التواصل مع
سنير أحمد

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حول اعتداءات القوات العراقية على بلدة اليعربية الحدودية

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 3 marzo 2013

القاهرة 2 / 3/ 2013 – استهدفت القوات العراقية المتواجدة في معبر ربيعة/ اليعربية الحدودي مع العراق في محافظة الحسكة بالقصف المدفعي والرشاشات الثقيلة أبنية ومناطق على الجانب السوري من المعبر، الأمر الذي أدى لاستشهاد عدد من المواطنين السوريين وإصابة آخرين. ويأتي هذا الاعتداء في ظل التدخل الفاضح لقوات حزب الله في منطقة القصير والمناطق المجاورة في محافظة حمص المحاذية للحدود السورية اللبنانية.
يستنكر الائتلاف الوطني السوري لقوى الثورة والمعارضة هذه الاعتداءات غير المبررة على الأراضي السورية والانتهاكات الواضحة للمواثيق والعهود الدولية، وينتظر تفسيراً من الجانب العراقي لما حدث والقيام بالإجراءات الضرورية لمعاقبة مرتكبي هذه الاعتداءات ومنع تكرار حصولها في المستقبل حرصا على العلاقات السليمة بين البلدين والشعبين الشقيقين، ويناشد إخوتنا في العراق ولبنان ألا ينجروا إلى فخ المواجهات بين الأشقاء والتي يسعى نظام الأسد لإيقاعهم بها.
كما يطالب الائتلاف الوطني منظمتي جامعة الدول العربية والأمم المتحدة بالعمل على إيقاف دفع النظام وشركائه للبلاد إلى صراعات إقليمية وخلق أزمات مزمنة مع دول الجوار، لن تؤدي إلا إلى مزيد من عدم الاستقرار في المنطقة ككل.

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