In response to Prime Minister Harper's announcement of additional humanitarian support to the Syrian people during his visit to the Za'atari refugee camp in Jordan, Oxfam Canada's Executive Director Robert Fox said:
"Oxfam Canada welcomes Prime Minister Harper's pledge of additional support for Syrians fleeing the violence that rages on in their country. On top of the aid committed yesterday to support communities hosting refugees in Jordan, it sets a good example to other countries to up their commitments in the face of this growing crisis.
"We also urge the Canadian government to press for a political solution to this deadly conflict. We urgently need a halt to the violence and assured access to humanitarian aid.
"We are deeply concerned that civil society organisations and women have, so far, been sidelined and excluded from the negotiating table. If a sustainable political solution is to be found, that must change.
"As well, we urge the Canadian government and international community to do everything possible to halt arms and ammunition transfers into Syria."
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