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Georgina is urging peace talks on Syria
KNUTSFORD campaigner Georgina Harmsworth travelled to London to urge ministers to do more to ensure a peaceful resolution is reached in Syria.
Georgina, from Mobberley Road, joined other Oxfam campaigners in meeting with Hugh Robertson, Foreign Office Minister for the Middle East and North Africa, at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office last Wednesday afternoon.
The campaigners handed in a 50,000-name petition that has been collected throughout the summer at UK festivals.
The Love Syria petition urges the UK Government to use its global influence to help deliver peace talks in November.
Georgina, 23, speaking at the meeting, said: “Being able to come along today and hand in the petition to Minister Robertson at the Foreign Office has been an incredible opportunity.
“I was able to talk about our campaigning and represent the tens of thousands of people across the UK who have signed the petition and shown their solidarity for the people in Syria.”
In addition to the petition Mr Robertson was presented with a video showing highlights of the campaign and art work made up from messages written by the UK public over the summer.
“I welcome Oxfam’s initiative which shows just how much support there is for those suffering in Syria,” said Mr Robertson.
“The UK’s total funding for Syria and the region is now half a billion pounds, the largest total sum the UK has ever committed to a single crisis.
“At the same time we are also working hard towards finding a political solution which will bring an end to this brutal and bloody crisis.”
Oxfam has so far helped more than 200,000 people with food, clean water and shelter and is aiming to reach up to 650,000 before Christmas in Syria and in neighbouring Lebanon and Jordan.
Georgina said: “An entire generation of children and young people have been living with violent conflict for more than two years.
“This is extremely damaging for their lives, and also has serious repercussions for the rest of the world. Peace is needed – it cannot wait.”
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