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email@example.com © Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East , reuse or reproduction prohibited without express written permission www.cjpme.org Syrian Civil War Created: May, 2017, Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East Discussion Points • Canada must support international efforts to establish a cease fire, and achieve a non-military solution to the crisis . At this point, a durable non-military solution in Syria will likely require participation by both pro- and anti-government political forces. Canada should accept that the full spectrum of Syrian political opinion will have to be represented in any post-conflict government, in order to overcome the legacy of the conflict. • Canada must oppose any “regime change” plans in Syria. Bachar Al-Assad is a dictator, but nevertheless enjoys the support of significant groups within Syria. Any hope of a negotiated solution will involve al-Assad, so calls for his ouster are highly counterproductive. • Canada must avoid any military engagement in the Syria quagmire . The government’s 2016 decision to move away from a combat role was wise, and reflects the long-term futility of dealing with ISIS and the Syrian regime militarily. The adversaries in the Syrian civil war see it as a “fight to the death,” and diplomatic solutions involving Russia are essential. • Canada must end all military training and assistance to the region. Military involvement – even non-combat – always runs the risk of deepening conflict. Canadian involvement must be focused on reducing conflict, reducing arms, and promoting respect for human rights. • Canada must work to ensure that arms stop flowing into Syria. As much as possible, Canada must work with partners to prevent new arms from going to the Syrian government or opposition forces. • The Trudeau government must live up to its aid commitments for Syria and Iraq . Last year, Canada committed $650-million in humanitarian aid for those affected by the Syrian civil war and $233-million in longer-term development assistance to countries hosting large numbers of Syrian refugees. For Iraq, the government has committed $840-million over three years in humanitarian assistance and $270-million for social services on the ground. As Trudeau stated, “The lethal enemy of barbarism isn’t hatred. It’s reason. And the people terrorized by ISIL every day don’t need our vengeance, they need our help.”