Angelina Jolie condemns civil war in Syria

Saturday, 30 August 2014 - 4:55pm IST | Place: London | Agency: PTI

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 Actress Angelina Jolie, who is special envoy for United Nations High Commission for Refugees, said the reputation and credibility of the international system is at stake because of the ongoing civil war in Syria.
Three million people have fled Syria because of the conflict, which began in 2011, according to United Nations, reported US magazine.

Jolie, 39, making her first public statement post her wedding to actor fiance Brad Pitt, 50, said, "Three million refugees is not just another statistic. It is a searing indictment of our collective failure to end the war in Syria," she said.

Jolie, who visited Syrian refugees in a Lebanese camp in February this year, said efforts needed to be made to improve the situation in the country.

"International stability is steadily bleeding away in Syria. UN Security Council Resolutions are being ignored, war crimes are being committed on a daily basis, regional countries are staggering under the human burden, and Syrian refugees are dying in the Mediterranean sea, trying to reach Europe," she added.

"We need to see a new attempt to resolve the conflict and greater efforts to support more than 13 million Syrians who are in desperate need. The reputation and credibility of the international system is at stake with so many thousands of lives threatened in Syria," Jolie concluded. 

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