On April 2nd, the Syrian Foreign Minister issued a statement condemning the so-called “Brussels 5” conference.
In its statement, the Foreign Ministry expressed its disapproval of what it described as a “show” and that the conference results would be illegitimate.
The statement added that the “UN” heading of the conference in the absence of the Syrian government concerned with the Syrians’ affairs, is a clear violation of the UN Charter and the Security Council resolutions, which all call to respect the sovereignty, independence, unity and territorial integrity of Syria.
The ministry continued that the imposition of more unilateral coercive measures by the European Union and the United States and their automatic renewal despite their negative impact and coinciding with the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, and their organization of this conference at the same time, reflects hypocrisy in the way they deal with the humanitarian situation in Syria.
In its statement, the Syrian Foreign Ministry renewed Syria’s position that improving the living situation requires serious cooperation with the Syrian government and supporting its efforts with its humanitarian partners in meeting humanitarian needs and providing support to Syrians wherever they are on the Syrian territories, and the Foreign Ministry renewed rejecting the results of the conference that was held without inviting the Syrian government.
The Foreign Ministry added that the involvement of the European Union and the United States in policies aimed at destabilizing the security and stability of the Syrian Arab Republic, covering up acts of aggression and occupation, ignoring the practices of terrorist organizations and separatist militias and sponsoring them.
The statement also denied any claims by those countries of humanitarian concern and the first of some of those governments that boast of providing aid to the Syrians at the conference is to stop the theft of the Syrians’ wealth, cultural property and agricultural crops and not depriving the Syrians of them.
The ministry clarified that the Syrian Arab Republic stresses that the constant repeating by representatives of the European Union of the conditions for contributing to the development work in Syria would impede efforts aimed at reconstruction and rehabilitation of civilian facilities and the necessary infrastructure in order to provide the appropriate environment for the return of refugees and displaced persons to their original areas in dignity and safety.
The Foreign Ministry said that Syria affirms that improving the living conditions of the Syrian people requires engaging in serious and constructive cooperation with the Syrian government and supporting its efforts with its humanitarian partners in meeting humanitarian needs and providing support to Syrians wherever they are on the territory of the Syrian Arab Republic. It also stresses that the center of humanitarian work in Syria is Damascus. And no other city is in the neighboring countries or beyond, and this is the simplest meaning of the principle of respecting Syria’s sovereignty, territorial integrity and unity.
Turkish state outlet Anadolu Agency made a infographic for the pledge assistance, totaling $6.4 billion.
“At the fifth Brussels Conference on ‘Supporting the future of Syria and the Region’ co-chaired on 29-30 March 2021 by the European Union and the United Nations, the international community pledged €5.3 billion for 2021 and beyond for Syria and the neighboring countries hosting the largest Syrian refugee population. Of this amount, €3.7 billion were announced by the EU, with €1.12 billion coming from the European Commission and €2.6 billion from EU Member States. The EU as a whole remains the largest donor with €24.9 billion of humanitarian, stabilization and resilience assistance collectively mobilized since the onset of the crisis in 2011 to address its consequences.”
According to the EU statement, as with the four previous editions, Brussels V will also address the most critical humanitarian and resilience issues affecting Syrians and communities hosting refugees from Syria, both inside the country and in the region and will renew the international community’s political and financial support for Syria’s neighbors, particularly Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey, as well as Egypt and Iraq. Brussels V will be the main pledging event for Syria and the region in 2021.
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