After the news broke on Thursday that Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt married in France last weekend, the Oscar winner is using the spotlight to make a statement on a far more important topic -- the ongoing violence in the middle east, specifically Syria.

"Three million refugees is not just another statistic," Jolie said in a statement. "It is a searing indictment of our collective failure to end the war in Syria. International stability is steadily bleeding away in Syria. UN Security Council Resolutions are being ignored; war crimes are being committed on a daily basis; regional countries are staggering under the human burden; and Syrian refugees are dying in the Mediterranean sea, trying to reach Europe."

"We need to see a new attempt to resolve the conflict and greater efforts to support more than 13 million Syrians who are in desperate need," Jolie concluded. "The reputation and credibility of the international system is at stake with so many thousands of lives threatened in Syria."

Jolie has been an ambassador with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees for 13 years, and she last visited with Syrian refugees in a Lebanese camp in February 2014. In June the 39-year-old actress co-chaired the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict in June, and over the years she's met with Syrian refugees in Turkey, Iraq and Lebanon as part of her role as special envoy for the UNHCR.