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EU mobilises all its tools in support of Syrian people, announces fourth Brussels Conference

07/03/2020 - 10:09
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The EU will host a fourth Brussels Conference on Supporting the Future of Syria and the region on 29 and 30 June 2020, High Representative/Vice-President Josep Borrell announced on Friday, following an extraordinary session of the Foreign Affairs Council.

The European Union will continue mobilising all tools at its disposal in support of the Syrian people, to work towards a lasting nation-wide ceasefire and a negotiated political solution and to help create the conditions for a brighter future for all Syrians. 

The Brussels Conference - with its political, pledging and civil society components - is an effective way for the EU to further support the UN political efforts and mobilise much-needed humanitarian assistance and gather a large part of the international community around one table. 

“It will also be an opportunity for donors to pledge further humanitarian and development funding for Syria and the region,” the High Representative said. 

The EU is redoubling its efforts to address humanitarian needs and to bring the international community closer to a mutual understanding on Syria. 

“We announced earlier this week additional 60 million euro in support of the refugees in the North-West of Syria. Today the binding constraint is not the lack of financial resources, but the logistic capability of addressing the situation by bringing health, food, medicine and shelter to the places where these people are concentrated and that are difficult to reach due to the war situation that is prevailing there,” Borrell said.

"All parties need to put in place an immediate and sustainable ceasefire, to guarantee the protection of civilians on land and form the air and to enable the unhindered delivery of humanitarian aid by the international community,” he added. 

The EU is the largest humanitarian donor to the Syria crisis, but the fighting in and around Idlib has made it extremely difficult for UN agencies and non-governmental organisations to deliver humanitarian assistance, the High Representative recalled.

“1 million people need to drink, to eat, to sleep, every day. There is nothing there, unless things that can be brought by humanitarian assistance,” Borrell said speaking of the Syrians displaced since November. 

During the Brussels Conference, a series of dialogues with Syrian and other civil society actors will also take place. 

The “Day of Dialogue” will be an opportunity to discuss the needs of those caught up in this terrible conflict, how to ensure the international community can support durable solutions, but also themes like accountability and justice that are essential to build a peace. This includes Syrian women, who have a vital role to play in the political process and must participate fully.