International church meeting in run-up to Geneva-II: call to action for a just peace in Syria

On the eve of the UN Geneva II Conference for peace in Syria, more than thirty church leaders from Europe and the Middle East gathered at the World Council of Churches headquarters in Geneva to issue a joint appeal to the conference participants. They call upon the governments to work for a just peace in Syria. The Federation of Swiss Protestant Churches is particularly concerned with ensuring respect for minorities.
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There is no military solution for the crisis in Syria. This is the consensus among the participants of the Syria consultation of the World Council of Churches (WCC), who called upon all parties to lay down their arms immediately. The Geneva II Conference, organized by the United Nations (UN) to be held January 22 in Montreux, is intended to initiate a peace-building process led by the Syrian people. The multi-ethnic, multi-religious and multi-denominational character of Syrian society must be preserved.

The church leaders participating in the consultation in Geneva also addressed the humanitarian catastrophe caused by this conflict. They urge the international community to act quickly to ensure that all threatened groups in Syria, as well as the refugees in the neighboring countries, receive adequate humanitarian support.

“We support the result of the Syria consultation of the World Council of Churches. We appreciate the determination of the churches to act and to give a voice to the weak,” said Gottfried Locher, Council President of the Federation of Swiss Protestant Churches (FSPC), who was also attending the meeting in Geneva. The FSPC appeals to the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs to continue to advocate for the interests of threatened religious minorities in Syria.

On the occasion of the Geneva II Conference, the Federation of Swiss Protestant Churches encourages its members to pray for the Syrian people and is offering a prayer and a liturgy for this purpose.