Global Majority Statement on the Crisis in Syria
“Global Majority calls upon all stakeholders impacted by the current crisis in Syria to commit to immediate and unconditional negotiations to achieve a peaceful resolution to the conflict. The world cannot stand by while innocent civilians on all sides of the conflict are dying. Action to stop further bloodshed and suffering, cease acts of violence against civilians and protect them from hostilities is needed.
We believe no military option will lead to a peaceful settlement of the conflict. The only sustainable solution will be a political solution. Therefore, we call upon governmental and non-governmental leaders to support an immediate cease-fire and an immediate commencement of negotiations to be convened by the United Nations and/or Mr. Lakhdar Brahimi, the joint United Nations/Arab League envoy, and to the rapid convening of a Geneva II conference in which a negotiated settlement can be explored and ultimately reached.
The use of chemical weapons against either combatants or civilians is something that the international community vowed after World War One to totally ban. Therefore, in addition to a peaceful and stable resolution of the conflict in Syria, we also call for progress towards a “Weapons of Mass Destruction Free Zone in the Middle East.”
War crimes, crimes against humanity and grave human rights violations cannot be allowed to go unpunished. The United Nations and international community should refer the situation in Syria to the International Criminal Court so that those implicated in serious violations of international law can be prosecuted. We call upon all parties to respect their obligations under international law and urgently permit relevant agencies access to all areas in Syria to provide humanitarian assistance to all conflict-affected people.”