Development minister calls for more global aid in Syria

Ten years after the start of the war in Syria, Federal Development Minister Gerd Müller (CSU) has called for continued aid to the crisis region.

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"This terrible tenth anniversary must be a call to the world community to show international solidarity," wrote Müller in a guest article for "Welt am Sonntag". At the Syria Conference at the end of March, all states would therefore have to step up their efforts.

The United Nations and the European Union should also press for the cross-border resolution in the UN Security Council to be extended. “At the moment only one border crossing is open - a bottleneck. The resolution expires in July. Several border crossings are necessary, ”said Müller. The neighboring countries of Syria “are doing tremendous things, but are reaching their limits”, the minister writes. "22 million people in the whole crisis arc can only survive with emergency aid." The aid organizations of the United Nations would have a need of ten billion dollars for the region. But they lacked 5,4 billion to ensure the survival of millions of people. "Germany is leading the way around the world and is doing a lot, the community of states unfortunately too little," writes the CSU politician. "As one of the largest donors in the crisis region, Germany provided 2,2 billion euros last year." That is a lot of money. "But with this commitment we are creating, in addition to providing emergency supplies, opportunities to stay and future prospects on site for millions of Syrian refugees." Germany will continue its contribution at the high level this year as well.





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