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Letter: Call for an end to Syria’s civil war

Published: Thursday, Oct. 17, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

To the Editor:

The DeKalb Interfaith Network for Peace and Justice, being deeply concerned about the possibility of our country becoming involved in yet another war in the Middle East, has taken the following position, which we encourage fellow citizens to join with us in sending to our elected leaders in Washington.

We call on the Obama administration to continue to work with the Russian government and the U.N. to accomplish the following:

• Fulfillment of U.N. resolution requiring the Syrian government to turn over all its chemical weapons stockpiles and production facilities to the U.N. for destruction.

• Ceasefire in the Syrian civil war to allow U.N. weapons inspectors and technicians to do their work in securing and destroying Syria’s chemical weapons.

• Peace talks aimed at ending the Syrian civil war (through Russian pressure on Syrian government forces and U.S. pressure on rebel forces).

We call on Congress to support the administration’s diplomatic efforts to eliminate chemical weapons worldwide, and resolve the Syrian civil war.

We support the U.N. in making an independent investigation to determine who was responsible for the use of chemical weapons in Syria and holding the guilty party accountable for war crimes.

We call on the nations of the world to contribute their fair share of support for the 2.2 million Syrian refugees who have fled the country.

Cecile Meyer

DeKalb

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