An immediate ceasefire, the creation of a humanitarian corridor, and participation in Geneva II of all parties involved in the Syrian conflict, including Iran, are some of points included in a plan deliberated by the Pontifical Academy for Sciences ahead of the peace conference in Geneva on 22 January.
the international community, the plan is the result of a workshop held in Rome that saw the participation of the President of the Pontifical Council
for Interreligious Dialogue Card Jean-Louis Pierre Tauran, the Chancellor of
the Pontifical Academy of Sciences Mgr Marcelo Sanchez Sorondo, former Egyptian
Vice President Mohamed ElBaradei, and UN special envoy for the Sahel Romano
issued by the Pontifical Academy reiterates a plan
Mgr Dominique Mamberti, Vatican Secretary for Relations with States, had presented to
the ambassadors accredited to the Holy See.
outlining the plan was released a few days before the Day of Prayer and Fasting
for Peace in Syria the pope had called for in St Peter's Square on 7 September.
workshop's main points include:
"Immediate cessation of violence" without "political preconditions."
2) Disarming local fighters and ensuring that foreign powers take appropriate measures to stop the funding
that is fuelling the escalation of violence and destruction.
of humanitarian assistance and reconstruction" with the economic and human
support of the international community.
young people and the poor a privileged role in the recovery process.
interreligious dialogue and reconciliation between the communities to rebuild
trust after years of violence.
II needs to ensure inclusive participation of all parties to this conflict,
within the region and beyond. Of particular note is the vital importance of the
recent agreement reached between Iran, with the permanent members of the
Security Council plus Germany, to find an agreement on Iran's nuclear program."
Creating "new political forms" to "ensure representation,
participation, reform, and the voice and security of all social groups."
of the political system.