VOW – STATEMENT ON SYRIA
For immediate release.
April 12, 2017
The Canadian Voice of Women for Peace (VOW) calls for the immediate cessation of violence by all parties. We want no more strikes, an investigation by UN experts into the use of chemical weapons, and immediate commencement of peace negotiation by all parties to the conflict, including the participation of women.
VOW strongly denounces the US missile attack on a Syrian airbase and Prime Minister Trudeau’s support for this act of retaliation.
This unilateral action on the part of the United States will undoubtedly lead to greater violence, civilian deaths, increase in the numbers of refugees and a rise in terrorist attacks.
VOW calls for an independent investigation and fact-finding mission into the chemical weapon attack, as it has not been established who is actually responsible. The mission must be led by the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) that oversees the Chemical Weapons Convention. Under the Chemical Weapons Convention, there are there are several mechanisms for dealing with contravention of the CWC, including reference to the UN Security Council. We urge Canada to see that all non-violent steps are taken to bring to justice those who used chemical weapons..
VOW further opposes the Prime Minister’s’ recent statement calling for the exclusion of President Bashar al-Assad “in the path to peace”. The only way to peace is through dialogue supported by the wishes of the Syrian people, including women as called for in the UN Security Council Resolution 1325.
VOW denounces the violence perpetrated by all sides of the protracted civil war. Every life lost is tragic.