Mercy Corps on Syria Cease-Fire: Why Wait One Week?

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Statement from Neal Keny-Guyer, Chief Executive Officer of the global organization Mercy Corps

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We must ask: Why wait one more week before the fighting stops?

The following is a statement by Neal Keny-Guyer, Chief Executive Officer of Mercy Corps, on Thursday's announcement about ceasing hostilities in Syria:

"We are encouraged by the apparent breakthrough in negotiations on Syria and hopeful that it will pave the way to a permanent cease-fire and, eventually, a lasting peace. A cessation of hostilities by all parties to the conflict will allow for humanitarian access to the millions of innocent Syrian civilians trying to survive a seemingly endless war.

At Mercy Corps, we see our team in Syria courageously navigating battlefields to deliver urgently needed food, blankets and other supplies to people trapped in the crossfire. We see tens of thousands of men, women and children desperately looking for a safe place, without finding one.

We must ask: Why wait one more week before the fighting stops?

What we have seen in Syria over these past years of war is shameful. It’s time to end the fighting. It’s time to end the bombing. It’s time to end the war. Now."

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