Progress at Geneva II peace talks, but Syrian civil society and women continue to be denied access

As the press conference with UN Special Envoy for Syria, Lakhdar Brahimi wrapped up, Mr. Brahimi announced that both sides will meet tomorrow (Saturday, 25 January) in the same room.

Oxfam’s Humanitarian policy advisor, Shaheen Chughtai, in Geneva, said:

“Today has seen important progress and it is vital that a sense of urgency continues to underpin these talks.  Every second counts here in Geneva as each day millions of Syrians are suffering as the conflict tears their country apart.

“A lasting political solution will take time to agree, but all parties must prioritise an immediate halt to the violence, and agree concrete steps to make sure people have access to the aid they desperately need. A genuine commitment to stopping the killing is what is needed from all.

“Oxfam remains concerned that civil society organizations and women continue to be denied access to the talks.

“Syrian women have been here in Geneva all week ready to contribute to the political process, yet still they don't have a seat at the table. That must change – the talks must become more inclusive and their voices must be heard. We want to see the full and active participation of women and civil society organizations in the political process moving forward.”

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