Published: Thu, April 26, 2018
Global | By Shelia Dennis

Brussels Conference on Syria Reaffirmed Global Support for Syria's Integrity

Brussels Conference on Syria Reaffirmed Global Support for Syria's Integrity

The Syria crisis is the world's largest protection and displacement crisis and 13.1 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance and protection inside the country.

The $4bn is lower than the sums raised at a similar conference last year, partly due to a delay in a $1bn USA pledge and continued discussions between the European Union and Turkey over the details of a package agreed two years ago, created to help Turkey handle 3.5 million refugees.

The State of Kuwait today reiterated its full support to United Nations efforts to find a political solution to the crisis in Syria and called for an immediate end to the fighting, Kuwait news agency (KUNA) reported.

Amid Awad, head of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in the Middle East said that any drop in funding would critically impact refugees and could prompt a "repeat of 2015 and more".

UN Syria envoy Staffan de Mistura on Tuesday urged the worldwide community not to allow a fresh humanitarian catastrophe to unfold in the rebel-held northwestern province of Idlib, on the Turkish border, which has seen a massive influx of people fleeing the conflict.

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"After seven years of conflict that continues to see escalation after escalation, the needs of Syrians have never been higher", said Mueller, the United Nations assistant secretary-general for humanitarian affairs.

In a joint statement, a coalition of NGO said the "conference did not go almost far enough to provide adequate support to the millions of Syrians in need of assistance and who are left facing an uncertain future".

Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri, who faces elections in two weeks, said the plight of Syrians is simply getting worse.

The Lebanese prime minister, Saad Hariri, who is facing elections in two weeks, said: "The bitter truth is conditions have deteriorated for refugees since previous year", adding "Lebanon remains a big refugee camp".

She told Middle East Eye: "We can not separate humanitarian aid from the political track". The geographical advances of the regime show just how much Assad has gained in the north, and that is changing the game.

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"We are seeing an escalation in military activities which is exactly the contrary" of what Russia, Iran, and Turkey promised to work toward, she said.

The EU, along with many other major donors, refuses to fund serious reconstruction, rather than emergency aid, in Syria until there is a meaningful peace process in Geneva.

"We must not let down the people of Syria".

He noted that after a few hours the UNSC will meet to discuss the humanitarian situation in Syria, and an important meeting was held this week in Sweden grouping permanent members of the UNSC, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres and UN special envoy on Syria Staffan de Mistura, to push forward the political process.

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