“We have agreed that we are engaged in a discussion about how to implement the ceasefire specifically as well as some immediate, possible confidence-building steps to deliver humanitarian assistance”, he said. The conflict has claimed more than 250,000 lives and displaced 11 million Syrians from their homes, including four million who have fled the country.
“More money is needed to tackle this crisis and it is needed now”, Prime Minister David Cameron said in a statement announcing the pledge, which will fund education, jobs and humanitarian relief in Syria, Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey.
– Secretary of State John F. Kerry on Thursday said the United States would send more than $900 million in humanitarian and development aid to Syria and its neighbors burdened with a refugee crush that could take years to ease.
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu reaffirmed on Saturday, February 6, that his country would keep its “open border policy” for Syrian refugees, saying as many as 55,000 people fleeing a new regime offensive were heading toward the frontier.
Two children whose school was bombed in Aleppo pose in a mock destroyed classroom – set up by the charity Save the Children – outside the Houses of Parliament in London on Wednesday, one day before a donor conference aiming to raise money for victims of Syria’s war.
Echoing Merkel’s sentiments and announcing a US$278 million aid package in 2016, the Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg urged particular attention to the needs of Syrian women and girls.
“The global union is backing them with the resources which will allow them to ensure there is no lost generation”, Mr Cameron said.
Addressing a summit of donor nations in London, Kerry said that $600 million in new funding would go on urgent aid to refugees and beleaguered populations in and around Syria. Jordan and Lebanon are the other countries bearing the brunt of the Syrian refugee exodus. This fourth conference has drawn several European countries as hosts, and delegates appear to be more resigned to the long road ahead.
“It means millions of people will now receive lifesaving food, medical care and shelter in Syria and beyond”. “The coming days should be used to get back to the table, not to secure more gains on the battlefield”.
“Looking into the eyes of my people, and seeing the hardship … they carry, I must tell you we have reached our limit”, said Jordan’s King Abdullah.
United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon hailed the aid conference as “a great success”.
The conference was overshadowed by the apparent breakdown in peace talks in Geneva, where delegations from the Syrian government and some opposition groups had gathered under United Nations auspices.
The figure stands in stark contrast with the numerous participating countries’ role in Syria, performing deadly airstrikes which have destroyed infrastructure and killed civilians, including children, with little impact made in the stated objective to halt the Islamic State group.
“After nearly five years of fighting, it’s pretty incredible that as we come here in London in 2016, the situation on the ground is actually worse”, he said. He said that only political dialogue can rescue the Syrian people.