"Silencing the guns is the priority," this means people must reject "personal revenge" and the "inordinate ambitions of dominance by any group" in the two years of civil war violence in Syria. "The way forward is not by a military intensification of the armed conflict but by dialogue and reconciliation." … Children in refugee camps and in conflict areas "suffer the most of the consequences of violence and call for generous solidarity on the part of the international community. Only in this way can they and their families hope again for a normal existence."
— Archbishop Silvano Tomasi, the Vatican's permanent observer to U.S. agencies in Geneva, speaking to the Human Rights Council May 29 during a debate on Syria.