Belgium draws this year, 26 million euros for humanitarian aid to Syria and its neighbouring countries. That has minister of development Cooperation Alexander De Croo (Open VLD) announced.
The Croo made his announcement at the start of the international Syriëconferentie ‘Supporting Syria and the Region’ that Tuesday and Wednesday in Brussels. “We do this out of solidarity with the Syrian people who are already eight years of this bloody war goes down’, according to The Croo. ‘To no other crisis were ever so many Belgian humanitarian resources. It is also the greatest human drama of our time.’
The Belgian humanitarian aid in the region now amounts for the last three years more than 100 million euro.
The new resources are intended for the care of war victims in the region. There are currently more than 13 million Syrians are dependent on humanitarian aid, and have five million Syrians seeking refuge sought abroad: in Turkey (3.5 million), Lebanon (1 million), Jordan (650.000), Iraq (248.000) and Egypt (120.000). The Belgian humanitarian resources go to the field work of the UN refugee organisation UNHCR, the UN humanitarian aid agency OCHA, the world food programme (WFP), the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the UN-kinderrechtenfonds UNICEF.
The conference aims to not only humanitarian assistance to mobilise, but also the political peace process support led by Staffan de Mistura, UN special envoy for Syria.
‘With this second Syriëconferentie in Brussels the international community a strong signal that only a political solution can stop the Syrian conflict. Bombs will not bring peace. Only a political dialogue can the horror of the war to stop. A truly sustainable solution for Syria is only at the negotiating table’, decided The Croo.