Middle East Council of Churches (MECC) moderated an emergency meeting on August 21 presided by Catholicos Aram I of the Great House of Cilicia.
Humanitarian assistance to refugees and displaced people in Syria was on the agenda. Until recently, the MECC's programme operated out of Damascus.
Given the deteriorating situation in the country, the presidents decided to decentralize the operation and create new centres for humanitarian aid in Aleppo, Homs, Latakia and Kamishli, the statement issued by Catholicosate said.
They also decided that they would ask other ecumenical organizations in the country to continue their activities, but in coordination with the local churches.
The other Presidents attending the meeting were: Syriac Catholic Patriarch His Beatitude Youssef III Lahham, representing the Catholic family of churches, His Grace Mounib Younan, Bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran in Jordan and the HolyLand, on behalf of the Protestant churches, the General Secretary, His Grace Bishop Paul Rohanna and Associate General Secretary, Dr. Elias Halabi. Rev. Dr. Habib Badr, the Moderator of the MECC Task Force, also attended the meeting.