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Monday 1 February 2016
 
PEACE IN SYRIA IS STILL FAR AWAY

Friday, January 29, the United Nations held in Geneva the third conference for Syria

This time it seems that the UN has lowered the bar pointing to the negotiations – the third after the two conferences of 2012 and 2014 – by setting more limited goals (or more realistic?) than the previous one. Now the aim is not to find a political solution for peace, but to verify the possibility of creating humanitarian channels to give relief to the civilian population. Yet “the conflict could end today, if the warlords decided to end it”, this is the belief (which we share) of a friend who has lived for many years in Syria and who knows the socio-political reality of that country.

The interests at stake in Syrian conflict, which broke out five years ago, have grown year after year. Initially it involved other parties in the Middle East region then it became the ground for clashes of different countries of the international community. And we Italians, are we just watching? Not really, since we are the main exporters of small arms and light weapons in the world, reality before which we often close our eyes.

We are more sensitive when it comes to solidarity. The Syrian population continues to suffer and die (we are talking about 300,000 deaths in the five years of conflict). “There are days when nothing happens and you could forget there’s a war on, said recently Pascal Bedros, our referent for projects in Syria. On other days it can happen that going to work, you get hit by stray bullets, or see clashes or even bombs suddenly raining down on people and on civilian neighbourhoods.”

The people need all our support, to hear that there are not abandoned, to be assisted, especially in these winter months, against the cold, be cured and fed; or, for those able to emigrate to Europe, to be greeted humanely, as you would expect. Without speaking of those who live for years in refugee camps in the Middle East, without any prospects of life ahead of them.

Alongside the important and essential actions of solidarity, we all need to grow in personal and collective awareness, and make sure that governments do not subordinate the universal good, peace, to other economic and political interests that do not contribute to the common good.

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