Date: January 22, 2020
Time: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
United Reformed Church (URC) General Assembly Moderators, Derek Estill and the Revd Nigel Uden, with leaders from the Methodist Church and Baptists Together, have released a statement urging the UK Government to work for peace in Syria. Military attacks in the north-east of Syria have left unarmed civilians caught between two fighting parties, with families affected by disruption to the water supply, soaring food prices, being unable to reach their workplaces, and some aged under 45 being forced to join the fighting.
The joint statement noted how “the diverse people of the region were just beginning to see some respite from the turmoil and destruction that has overtaken them during the past eight years of war”. It included an appeal to the UK government “to take urgent and decisive political action to ensure that a further escalation of conflict is averted” and for all parties to “work for a sustainable peace based on agreements that guarantee respect for human rights and a complete rejection of violence.”