WCC underscores UN responsibility for peace in Syria

By agency reporter
June 27, 2012

The Rev Dr Olav Fykse Tveit, General Secretary of the World Council of Churches (WCC), has appealed to United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, requesting that the UN give “a stronger and clearer mandate” to Kofi Annan’s initiative for peace in Syria.

“It is only through an inclusive multi-lateral negotiated peace process that the worst can be avoided in Syria,” Tveit asserted.

“The loss of thousands of civilian lives can no longer be met with verbal statements and with divided positions from the international community,” he wrote on behalf of the WCC. “We strongly believe that the United Nations has a primary role to play in keeping with its foundational mandate of peace making and peace building.”


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