British Arab Network Chairman calls for political resolution of Syria crisis on Al Alam TV26 Dec 2014, by In the Media -
In a wide ranging interview on the Syrian crisis on Al Alam TV, Dr. Wafik Moustafa, Chairman of the British Arab Network, has called for an end to the violence and for a political resolution to the conflict. Others participants on the panel were Dr. Mahdi Dakhlalia, former Syria Minister of Information and Media, and Mr. Hadi, a political analyst from Iran.
Dr. Moustafa stated that Syria is torn apart and fragmenting. It’s condition resembles the 1517 pre Ottoman conquest stage and therefore the international community must act immediately. Dr. Moustafa welcomed the UN Syria Envoy’s initiative for “freeze zones” to halt fighting and improve aid. However he said a that to achieve a ceasefire and a political solution all of the parties to the Syrian conflict – proxies and backers must be brought to the table by the UN for dialogue and negotiations. That is the only way forward.
Amnesty International: Syria Facts
Refugees in the region
3.8 million refugees from Syria (95 per cent) are in just five countries Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq and Egypt:
- Lebanon hosts 1.1 million refugees registered with UNHCR, which amounts to around 26 per cent of the country’s population
- Jordan hosts 618,615 registered refugees, which amounts to 9.8 per cent of the population
- Turkey hosts 1.6 million refugees, which amounts to 2.4 per cent of the population
- Iraq hosts 225,373 registered refugees, which amounts to 0.67 per cent of the population
- Egypt 142,543 registered refugees, which amounts to 0.17 per cent of the population
Conflict in Syria
Around 190,000 people have been killed and 10.8 million people are in urgent need of humanitarian assistance inside Syria
More than 10 million Syrians, or 45 per cent of the country’s population has been displaced
Of those, 6.5 million are displaced within Syria and approximately 4 million have sought refuge in other countries.