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Washington DC- U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA), a member of the National Security Working Group and Co-Chair of the Weapons of Mass Destruction and Terrorism Caucus, released a statement following the United Nations announcement that talks aimed at ending the conflict in Syria will take place next month in Geneva.

“Today, the UN announced that talks will be held in Geneva next month, with the goal of a peaceful resolution of the conflict in Syria.  I welcome this announcement, because the continued fighting and the widening humanitarian disaster risk the long-term destabilization of this critical region.  This conflict has driven millions of Syrians from their homes, and we stand to lose an entire generation to the trauma of war if it continues unabated.  I have repeatedly called for Assad’s removal from power, a move that would strike a blow against Iran and Hezbollah.  I urge Syria’s moderate political opposition to reject the violent extremism of Al Qaeda and other terrorist groups and to negotiate a settlement that would end the regime’s brutal onslaught and allow Syrians to begin rebuilding their country.  A stable, peaceful, and prosperous Syria in the heart of the Middle East is in the national security interest of the United States and our allies.”


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