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Peace without barriers

· While the G20 remains divided, Pope Francis points to the right way ·

U.S. members of Congress give Syria an ultimatum to avoid an armed conflict

Saint Petersburg, 6. “Peace is a good which overcomes every barrier, because it belongs to all of humanity”. This is Pope Francis' latest tweet from his Twitter account @Pontifex calling for peace in Syria. In another tweet today, he also invited young people to join him in prayer.  The new appeal by the Pontiff comes in a moment when world leaders are meeting in Saint Petersburg and there has been no news of the common solution for negotiating the situation in Syria.

Today in his speech the Secretary-General of the UN Ban Ki-moon, underlined that rash military action in Syria could cause “serious and tragic consequences”. Yesterday,  Ban Ki-moon said that he welcomes the “Pope's statement calling for peace based on dialogue and negotiation and his call for a day of prayer and fasting for Syria”.

The United Nations and Arab League Special Envoy to Syria Lakhdar Brahimi also arrived in the Russian city with the hope of beginning the international conference on Syria, the so-called “Geneva 2”.

Today the leaders remained divided on the strategies regarding the crisis in Syria.  President Vladimir Putin expressed his desire that the working-dinner, which was held yesterday evening,  be dedicated to the issue, however no changes in position were made. Most of the participants underlined that a political response is needed, while U.S. President Barack Obama was unable to find a consensus to armed military action against the government of the Syrian President Bashar Al Assad.

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March 20, 2019

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