UN EU donor conference raises $4.4 billion for war-ravaged Syria

Brussels International donors at a United Nations-European Union humanitarian conference pledged nearly $4.4 billion on Wednesday to fund critical aid programs in war-torn Syria throughout 2018.

Gathered in Brussels, Belgium, alongside top officials from over 85 countries and organizations, UN and EU leaders also stressed that the stalled UN-led Syrian political negotiations must be revived.

In a video message to the conference, held under the theme of “Supporting the Future of Syria and the region”, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres said that negotiations are the only way forward.

The solution must be political, he said, underlining the importance of Security Council resolution 2254 (2015), which endorsed a roadmap for a peace process in Syria, and the 2012 Geneva Communique, which set out the principles for a political transition in the country.

The event aimed to boost support for the future of Syria as well as the neighboring countries, particularly Turkey, Lebanon and Jordan, which are hosting millions of Syrian refugees

The UN chief said he will continue to engage with member states to move towards a genuine and credible political solution that meets the aspirations of the Syrian people to dignity and freedom.

Source: International Islamic News Agency