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Sun Nov 29, 2015, 11:05 PM

Scotland to train female Syrian peacemakers in conflict resolution

Nicola Sturgeon announced she has accepted an invitation from the UN special envoy for Syria to host an international women’s summit, which will offer female peacemakers training in negotiation and communication.


Sturgeon said: “In particular, he has asked for our support in training Syrian peacemakers in negotiation and communication skills to best prepare them to maximise their role in the talks.”


“Scotland is playing its role in welcoming refugees into our communities and we have also provided funding to help support aid agencies responding to the crisis in Syria and surrounding countries. However, we are also open to exploring other avenues to assist where we can.”

The exact details of the initiative are yet to be finalised.

Sturgeon said: “This is work which I hope can involve politicians across the political spectrum in the Scottish parliament, but most importantly can also play a small but important part in helping the people of Syria find a lasting peace.”

[Special envoy] De Mistura said: “Women’s leadership and participation in conflict resolution are critical for sustainable solutions. The engagement of women in shaping the future of Syria is more important now than ever before.

“I am, therefore, glad that the Scottish government has agreed to work with the United Nations on this initiative.”


Some background on Staffan de Mistura here: http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/jul/30/staffan-de-mistura-man-with-toughest-job-in-world-syria

Somewhat more detailed report here (monthly view-limited paywall): http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/14110767.Sturgeon_accepts_UN_invitation_to_host_international_woman_s_summit_for_peace_in_Syria/

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