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Dialogue key to ending conflict - Ruane

10 October, 2016 - by Caitríona Ruane

Sinn Féin MLA Caitríona Ruane said inclusive dialogue is needed to help bring the Syrian conflict to an end.

Ms Ruane said:“What is unfolding in Syria is a humanitarian disaster. Last week alone 376 people were killed, half of them were children, some 1266 were injured and many hospitals were destroyed.“Civilians are besieged, under full military encirclement, without humanitarian supplies, without freedom to leave areas like Aleppo.“The UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura has said the suspension of bilateral discussions between the US and Russia on a cessation of hostilities was a serious setback.“If we can learn anything from our peace process here in Ireland and I am not for one minute equating the conflicts as every conflict is different, it is that there should be inclusive dialogue.“All sides need to bear responsibility for their actions, hostilities need to be brought to an immediate end and all sides need to recognise the ceasefire.“I would like to pay tribute to the international aid workers who are trying to do everything they can to get badly needed supplies into worst hit areas and save lives.“It is important that this urgent humanitarian aid gets to the people who are suffering in this terrible war.” 

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