Extracts from the press conference by Kristalina Georgieva on Syria funding announcement
Type: Summary of press conference
End production: 29/01/2013 First transmission: 29/01/2013
On 29 January 2013, Kristalina Georgieva, Member of the EC in charge of International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response, announced that the European Commission would pledge 100 million euro of humanitarian funding at the International Pledging Conference for Syria convened by Ban Ki-moon, Secretary General of the United Nations, and hosted by Kuwait on 30 January 2013.
This funding, to be disbursed in 2013, will add to the 100 million euro already contracted for the crisis in 2011/2012, bringing the Commission's humanitarian funding for the crisis to 200 million euro.
In view of the catastrophic humanitarian situation and the growing needs both within Syria and in the neighbouring countries, these vital funds will provide assistance to some of the 4 million people in need of aid in Syria, including two million displaced, as well as to 700,000 refugees to date.
Only the original language version is authentic and it prevails in the event of its differing from the translated versions.
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||SOUNDBITE by Kristalina Georgieva, Member of the EC in charge of International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response, (in ENGLISH) saying that more and more refugees are crossing in these conditions into the neighbouring counties: the 700 thousand mark has already been reached and the UNHCR's worst case scenario of 1.6 billion refuges might be reached by mid-2013.
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||SOUNDBITE by Kristalina Georgieva (in ENGLISH) saying that she will go to Kuwait and, on behalf of the EU people, will pledge 100 million euro; this comes on top of 100 million euro of humanitarian assistance already delivered by the Commission in Syria; the EU Member States have committed resources generously; 23 out of 27 Member States have already helped in Syria, bringing the total of European support to 316 million euro; so far, this is over 50% of the humanitarian contribution made to help the Syrian people.
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||SOUNDBITE by Kristalina Georgieva (in ENGLISH) on the issue of access: saying that it doesn't matter how much money they raise if they cannot reach the people in need to bring help; therefore the humanitarian community urges all the parties in the conflict to let them do their job, let them help.
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