UNHCR and Syria's neighbours urge international community to unite to stop fighting in Syria

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António Guterres, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, addresses a press conference on the mounting Syrian crisis. [UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré]

The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and government ministers from four countries hosting Syrian refugees have called on the international community to come together to stop the fighting in Syria.

The UNHCR chief and ministers from Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey met in Geneva on Wednesday to discuss the humanitarian crisis in the region caused by fighting in Syria.

They announced that with two million refugees having fled Syria, they agreed to jointly seek an urgent and major expansion of international support for the region.

A joint statement after the meeting was read by the UNHCR chief, Antonio Guterres.

"We are facing the dramatic escalation of the Syrian conflict, namely with the use of chemical weapons. We strongly appeal to the international community to overcome existing differences and come together to stop the fighting. All actions that are creating refugee flows need to cease. A political solution to end this cycle of horror is urgently needed. There is no humanitarian solution to the Syrian crisis; rather there needs to be a political solution to end the humanitarian crisis." (29")

A meeting at the level of ministers is scheduled to be held on 30 September as part of UNHCR's annual Executive Committee gathering to discuss the Syrian refugee crisis.

The discussions, involving international financial institutions, will seek to build consensus for large-scale commitments to combine humanitarian and emergency aid with support for development in the region.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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