Vienna, End of 2013/ Beginning of 2014:
Syrian Civil Society Conference for a Political Solution
Download: CALL FOR A POLITICAL SOLUTION
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NO TO AN OPEN MILITARY INTERVENTION – CALL FOR A POLITICAL SOLUTION!
With the latest use of chemical weapons the bloodshed in Syria is about to turn into a real humanitarian disaster. Whoever the perpetrators and intellectual authors of this abominable crime may be, they are not only responsible for the mass murder of the innocent population of Ghouta but also of tens of thousands of other victims who are going to follow if the world is not capable to stop this war.
When we, representatives of different sectors of civil societies from all continents, started the www.peaceinsyria.org initiative under the slogan YES TO DEMOCRACY – NO TO MILITARY INTERVENTION we could not foresee that the nightmare of millions of Syrians could degenerate into a humanitarian catastrophe which not only shakes the whole Middle East, but also threatens world peace on a global level.
Now more than ever, facing the danger of an open military intervention on both sides of the conflict, we want to call on the international public opinion to exercise its influence in order to prevent the daily figures of hundreds of killed victims turning into the worst hecatomb since World War II. And we also want to repeat to the Syrian political and military actors on the ground and in foreign countries what we have said already one year ago: THERE IS NO MILITARY SOLUTION TO THIS CONFLICT.
– Because the outside forces which decided to intervene are much more powerful than those who are confronting each other on the battle ground;
– Because the population on either side of the political spectrum is exhausted from suffering bombardments, torture and massive executions like the ones which happened in Ghouta;
– Because millions of refugees and their children have nowhere to go anymore without being exposed to starvation and life endangering illnesses;
– Because the destruction of bodies and minds, let alone of buildings and nature has extinguished the base for human conviviality creating a culture of hatred and revenge.
Given all these circumstances we urge the international community who has missed the past several opportunities to engage in a political settlement, to overcome their differences and indifferences and to put the promotion of a political solution to the Syrian conflict as a top priority on their agendas.
In order to sort out the possibilities for this political solution the platform www.peaceinsyria.org is organizing a Peace Conference for Syria to be held in the near future in Austria, where different sectors of the Syrian civil society are invited to engage in a POLITICAL DIALOG. As an example for other likeminded initiatives this dialog will be facilitated by some renowned personalities from different parts of the world who always believed that there is no alternative to a political solution of the conflict.
A POLITICAL SOLUTION WITHOUT FOREIGN MILITARY INTERVENTION IS NECESSARY AND POSSIBLE!
To this end we call to organise word-wide protests against the imminent attack and for a negotiated settlement!
Vienna, Athens, Paris, Rome, Mexico-City, Managua, Buenos Aires
August 26th, 2013
Adolfo Perez Esquivel (Argentina), peace nobel prize - premio Nobel de Paz
Alejandro Benadana (Nicaragua), UN-expert on peace processes - experto de Naciones Unidas
Francois Houtart (Belgium), Sociologist of Religion - Foro de Alternativas
Evangelis Pissias (Greece), Coordinator of the "Ship to Gaza" Initiative - Coordinador de la Flotilla de Gaza
Mireille Fanon Mendes-France (France), Human Rights lawyer
Wolfgang Gierke (Germany), parlamentarian from DIE LINKE - diputado federal
Odysseus Voudouris (Greece), indepentent parlamentarian - diputado nacional
Christine Reyman (Germany), book author and peace activist
Raul Vera (Mexico), Catholic Bishop of Saltillo
Wilhelm Langthaler (Austria), Middle East expert and peace activist - experto en Medio Oriente
Fernando Romero (Spain), filmmaker and peace activist - cineasta independiente
Leo Gabriel (Austria), anthropologist and journalist - miembro del Consejo Internacional del Foro Social Mundial