Foreign and Expatriates Ministry said that Syria reaffirms its stance regarding the so-called “Brussels Conference on Supporting the Future of Syria and the Region” that will be held on May 9th and 10th, especially since these conferences in their current form don’t agree with the principles of the UN regulating humanitarian action and are held without the participation of the main country concerned, which is the Syrian Arab Republic.
The Ministry said in a statement that those conferences do not reflect any real commitment to help the Syrian people and return their rights, especially if we consider the fact that countries organizing or participating in these conferences occupy or support the occupation of part of the Syrian lands and loot the resources of the Syrian people in cooperation with their tools of the separatist militias.”
The ministry added that those same countries are also imposing economic blockades and unilateral coercive measures on the Syrian people in an inhuman manner, which has affected even the ability to secure their basic requirements such as fuel, food and medicine, which clearly contradicts the declared goal of these conferences.
The ministry indicated that it is no longer a secret to anyone the extent to which the organizing countries of the conference are politicizing the issue of providing humanitarian aid and linking it to political preconditions that have nothing to do with the requirements and objectives of humanitarian action, including obstructing the reconstruction process, implementing steadfastness and early recovery projects, obstructing the return of refugees and insisting not to support them inside Syria after their return to it.
The ministry clarified that what once again affirms the extent of politicization of this issue is the failure to invite the Russian Federation or other countries with a balanced stance to participate in the Sixth Brussels Conference for purely political reasons that have nothing to do with the situation in Syria.
The ministry pointed out that Syria, before it was hit by Western-backed terrorism in particular, was a self-sufficient country enjoying high levels of economic growth and was not subject to any external debt or in need of any assistance.
On the contrary, it was at the forefront of the countries hosting refugees from countries of the region and abroad, and provided them with everything it could without any discrimination or politicization.
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Expectations this year are much lower regarding the pledges, which have been shrinking for the past few years. Last year’s conference netted Syria $US 6.4 billion – far below the $US 10 billion the UN said it needed for its aid program
Unlike previous years, Russia was excluded from the Brussels aid conference, as Russia has “proven not to have … a genuine interest to contribute to peace in the world,” an EU spokesperson said.
The move comes ahead of a July UN Security Council vote to renew the cross-border aid mechanism which allows the UN to truck in aid to northwest Syria via Turkey. Russia has signalled that it will veto the aid resolution.
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