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Kucinich on Fact-Finding Mission to Syria and Lebanon

WASHINGTON - At the request of many of his constituents, Congressman Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) is currently on a fact-finding mission to Syria and Lebanon. He is accompanied by a small delegation which includes his wife, Elizabeth.

Congressman Kucinich, who represents a district that includes many Arab-Americans, was asked by his constituents to investigate conditions on the ground in Syria and to see if resolution of a situation where violence has been spiraling and events are spinning out of control is possible.

During this working trip, Kucinich will meet with democracy activists, non-governmental organizations, small business owners, civilians as well as government officials. In his trip he expects to meet the Presidents of both Syria and Lebanon.

“Peace is not just the absence of war,” said Kucinich of his trip. “Peace is a conscious, active pursuit that requires work and communication. My work as a member of Congress requires that I learn first hand about events in order to better understand policy alternatives for America and other nations."

Congressman Kucinich, a proponent of peace and nonviolence, is one of a few Members of Congress who have traveled in the region to gather information to better understand local conditions.

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