24,3 million euros humanitarian aid for Syria and the region
Belgium pledges 24,3 million euros for 2019 in humanitarian aid for Syria and countries of the region (Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey and Iraq). That decision was made in the framework of the third international conference of Brussels on Syria.
After eight years of conflict, the current situation in Syria is alarming. It is estimated that inside the country, close to 12 million people remain dependent on humanitarian aid. Almost half of them are children. On top of that, 6.2. million people are currently on the run within the country. That number is increasing every day.
These millions of displaced Syrians will only be prepared to return if their safety and dignity can be guaranteed. In order to attain this goal, we are in need of a political solution negotiated between Syrians.
As a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council, Belgium will spare no efforts to reach a consensus through a process supervised by the United Nations and involving all relevant actors. After all, our country is convinced that a durable political solution must rest on a reconciliation between all segments of Syrian society.
Belgium will also continue to actively identify and prosecute perpetrators of war crimes and violations of human rights. Thus together with the international community Belgium is continuing its efforts to end the tragedy of Syria.
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