The Alliance for Peacebuilding urges restraint over prospects of U.S.-Iran hostilities

January 3, 2020
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 3, 2020

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Mena Ayazi | (202) 822-2047×215 | mena@allianceforpeacebuilding.org

Washington, D.C., USA. –  The Alliance for Peacebuilding expresses profound concern over heightened prospects for U.S.-Iran hostilities in the wake of the January 2 U.S. air strike that killed senior Iranian military official, General Qassem Soleimani. A strong body of evidence shows that so-called high-value targeted assassinations do not diminish terrorism. Instead, the U.S. action opens the door to a cycle of retaliation against civilians and potentially catastrophic escalation in hostilities engulfing the wider region.

Alliance for Peacebuilding President and CEO Uzra Zeya commented,

“America and the world are less safe in the wake of this attack.  We urge all parties to exercise restraint, respect Iraqi sovereignty, pursue diplomacy and dialogue, and avoid civilian casualties. Collectively, we must reject retribution and military action towards all-out war that endangers the future of Iranians, Iraqis, and Americans alike. Peacebuilding—in the form of de-escalation, dialogue, restraint, and diplomacy—is now more important than ever. We urge the United Nations and the international community to surge diplomatic, multilateral, and peacebuilding efforts to defuse this crisis.”

 

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