Parliamentarians stress need for negotiated political solution to Syria crisis

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Swedish MP Ulrika Karlsson engages with Syrian refugee children at the Zaatri camp. ©IPU

A group of parliamentarians from around the world is calling for more efforts to find a negotiated political solution to the Syrian crisis.

The MPs on Friday concluded a three-day mission to Jordan, which is hosting 500,000 Syrian refugees.

The mission was organized by the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) and its findings will be reported to all parliaments.

IPU spokesperson Jemini Pandya says the group was struck by Jordan's generosity in the face of the country's own economic challenges.

"The mission felt that although it's been greatly impressed by the response to the Syrian crisis, it says that time is of the essence in finding a negotiated political solution because the humanitarian response to the fallout of the conflict is both insufficient in the overall and also completely unsustainable. It felt very strongly that instability is a real concern because the situation is rapidly getting out of hand, and that the mission is calling for all countries in the world to stand up and be counted in the response to the Syrian refugee crisis not to leave this to the traditional donors."

Pandya says some MPs have already expressed their intent to push for more funding or political action on behalf of Syrian refugees and the countries hosting them.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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