Statement by Commissioner Kristalina Georgieva on the deteriorating humanitarian situation in Syria
EU News 15/2013
16 January 2013
"I am appalled by the deteriorating situation in Syria and its effect on the suffering people of that country. Over the past weeks, fighting has increased and the conflict is spreading even further. Prices of basic commodities like bread and fuel have sky-rocketed. Bad weather, including torrential rain, snow and freezing temperatures, is taking a terrible toll on the two million displaced people in Syria and on the 623,000 who have fled to neighbouring countries. With no political solution yet in sight I fear the worst is still to come.
It is crucial in this corroding situation, that the international community stays strong in its commitment and that it continues to give generously to assist the growing tide of desperate Syrians.
Thankfully neighbouring countries have been keeping their borders open to the refugees and giving sanctuary to the increasing number of women, children and men. The EU, as the largest donor to the Syrian crisis, will staunchly continue to share this burden with the affected populations. We also will strive to open up more channels for delivering assistance inside Syria, where the most dramatic needs are. Once again, I strongly appeal to the Syrian Authorities to allow more international humanitarian relief workers into the country to enable aid to reach all affected areas. I also reiterate my plea for all sides to respect International Humanitarian Law."