"A lost generation of young people now fills refugee camps." Ban Ki-moon at the 68th UN General Assembly, 24 September 2013

The pressure mounts for Syria peace talks

24 September, 2013 | Conflict & Emergencies

Thanks to support from people like you in over 150 countries, Oxfam and partners have now gathered over 100,000 signatures calling for urgent progress on Syria peace talks. That’s roughly equivalent to one for every man, woman and child killed in the conflict to date.

We’ve passed this milestone at a critical time. Politicians have been promising to hold peace talks for months now, but little progress has been made. However, the recent deal to remove Syria’s chemical weapons stockpile, brokered by US Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, proved that international diplomacy on the Syria crisis can work when world leaders put their minds to it.

As Heads of State converge in New York for the United Nations’ General Assembly this week, Kerry and Lavrov are due to meet today in the sidelines. There are also reports that they will sit down with the UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon later in the week. These meetings are a glimmer of hope that must not be squandered. They’ve promised to “make progress” on a second Geneva Peace Conference.We need your help to tell them to set a date for inclusive peace talks on Syria and work to bring all parties to the conflict to the table. Please use the suggested message below to tell world leaders you want them to keep their promises, and set a date for talks:

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Background

The recent international agreement on Syria’s chemical weapons is a step in the right direction, but it’s just that – one step. More than 100,000 people have been killed – largely by conventional weapons – since the Syrian conflict began 2.5 years ago. The only way to end the bloodshed for good is for all involved to prioritise a negotiated political solution.

World leaders must use their political influence to get all parties to the conflict around the table to find a solution. For talks to be a success, they must include representatives of the peaceful majority of Syrians, including women’s groups and refugees, who just want this nightmare to end.

Talks must be backed unequivocally by the international community, who should refrain from any acts or statements which risk undermining them. Meanwhile, world leaders must do everything they can to ensure that all people affected by the crisis can access the humanitarian aid they so urgently need.

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