Brussels Conference on Syria Reaffirmed Global Support for Syria's Integrity

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"Every single cent we pledged today needs to be swiftly translated into action, spent in an effective and transparent way, this is our common responsibility", Christos Stylianides, the European Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management, said while announcing the figures.

The head of United Nations aid agency UNOCHA Mark Lowcock said the gathering needed to raise some $8 billion for work inside Syria and with refugees in neighbouring countries, warning that some programmes may have to be cut back if funds are not forthcoming.

CGTN's Mariam Zaidi reports from Brussels where the conference was held.

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A total of 85 countries have participated in conference, with Germany and United Kingdom among most generous. "Also, almost 13,000 Syrian businesses have been launched in Turkey", Akdag said, adding that the figures show that Turkey continues to "shoulder" the humanitarian burden of the crisis.

Stylianides, whose portfolio covers humanitarian affairs, made the announcement in his closing remarks at an worldwide conference in Brussels.

"We're asking for enough money to make sure that host communities can sustain refugees, at the same time, some humanitarian aid, especially for refugees", Saad Hariri, president of the Council of Ministers Lebanon said. The massive arrival of refugees to Turkey, Jordan or Lebanon has made se countries have to devote huge resources to ir maintenance, so perimeter of aid includes m to avoid faceing a burden for which y are not prepared.

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The UN coordinates two worldwide appeals in response to the Syria crisis. The geographical advances of the regime show just how much Assad has gained in the north, and that is changing the game. The global community has so far pledged to deliver 4.4 billion dollars for 2018 (about 3.6 billion euros), nearly half of 7.3 billion euros in which United Nations numbers needs this year.

The EU, along with many other major donors, refuses to fund serious reconstruction, rather than emergency aid, in Syria until there is a meaningful peace process in Geneva.

"There would be a direct interest in Moscow as well as Tehran and I limit myself to those two capitals to identifying ways to contribute positively to a political solution", Federica Mogherini, EU Foreign Affairs Chief said. "Because Idlib is the big new challenge, 2.5 million people", Mistura told a press conference with European Union diplomatic chief Federica Mogherini.

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"We are appealing on [the Syrian peoples'] behalf for an end to the violence: for a political solution, for a safe future with hope "of education, healthcare, work, and a return home".

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