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EU offers UN partners 147 million euros for humanitarian aid in Syria

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Today, President Barroso and Commissioner Georgieva received UN commissioners and offered an additional €147 million for Syria. The contract signed today is the largest ever for humanitarian aid between the Commission and its UN partners.

President Barroso and Commissioner Georgieva received Ms Valerie Amos, Under Secretary General and Emergency Relief Coordinator UNOCHA, Mr António Guterres, UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Mr Anthony Lake and UNICEF Executive Director and Ms Ertharin Cousin, World Food Programme Executive Director.

Together, they discussed the humanitarian situation in Syria, which continues to deteriorate dramatically. This is why the EU has mobilised further resources, which are channelled through mandated and professional humanitarian organisations, including the UN agencies, in accordance with humanitarian principles.

"I am proud that we can today commit 147 million euros to UNHCR, the World Food Programme and UNICEF. At the same time, we all know that a definitive solution for the conflict and for the dramatic humanitarian situation we are facing can only come from political negotiations", President Barroso said at a press event after the signing of the contract.

The President reiterated that the suffering of the Syrian people is a stain on the world's conscience and he urged other donors to step up their efforts.

"We call international donors to increase their financing to cope with the dimensions of this crisis. This will be our main message at the second pledging conference in Kuwait next month", President Barroso concluded.

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