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IRC’s David Miliband responds to news of airstrikes in Syria

Following reports of airstrikes in Syria, David Miliband, CEO of the International Rescue Committee, said: 

“Now that the U.S., France and U.K. have decided on their reaction to the use of chemical weapons last weekend, the need for a diplomatic offensive is more imperative than ever.

Military action is only ever successful when it is part of a political strategy, for peace-making, humanitarian aid and regional security.  

Bombing cannot be a substitute for diplomacy, nor military reactions a substitute for a peace plan.  

Syrian civilians need urgent humanitarian aid to relieve poverty, and Syria’s neighbors need support for the refugees they are housing."

About the IRC

The International Rescue Committee responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises, helping to restore health, safety, education, economic wellbeing, and power to people devastated by conflict and disaster. Founded in 1933 at the call of Albert Einstein, the IRC is at work in over 40 countries and 29 U.S. cities helping people to survive, reclaim control of their future and strengthen their communities. Learn more at www.rescue-uk.org and follow the IRC on Twitter & Facebook.