Leading agencies appeal for political leaders to help end carnage in Syria

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Syrian refugee children play beside tents in Domiz refugee camp. (Photo: UNHCR/B.Sokol)

Political leaders involved in the Syrian crisis have been urged to meet their responsibility to bring it to an end.

The appeal has come from the leaders of five major United Nations agencies dealing with the human costs of the tragedy: the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, the World Food Programme, the UN refugee agency, UNICEF and the World Health Organization.

They say there seems to be an insufficient sense of urgency among the governments and the parties involved in the conflict that could stop the cruelty and carnage in Syria.

They point out that this is happening after more than 70,000 deaths, over five million people forced to flee their homes and so many families torn apart.

The heads of the UN agencies say it is time for political leaders to meet their responsibility to the people of Syria and to the future of the region.

They ask political leaders to use their collective influence to insist on a political solution to what they describe as "this horrendous crisis" before more people lose their homes, lives and futures—in a region that is already at the tipping point.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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