Sun, 20 Oct 2019

BRUSSELS, Belgium - Ireland was one of the first countries to put its hand up at a conference on Sunday in Brussels to help people affected by the ongoing crisi in Syria.

Already having made strong commitments in the past, Ireland extended a further hand to those in need as a result of the civil war which has plagued Syria for several years.

Ireland also praised Turkey, Jordan and Lebanon for accommodating millions of refugees from the crisis.

The Brussels conference, titled 'Supporting the future of Syria and the region,' brought together foreign ministers from around the world.

"The conflict in Syria has created one of the worst humanitarian crises of our time, affecting both Syria and its neighbours. Over 11.7 million people in Syria are in need of humanitarian assistance, while over 5.6 million Syrian refugees are displaced in the region," Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade Simon Coveney said in Brussels on Sunday.

"Ireland remains committed to the critical life-saving response inside Syria and to the refugee response needs in neighbouring countries. Therefore, in 2019 we will disburse a further €25 million to the Syria Crisis."

"The roots of this humanitarian tragedy lie in conflict, and it is vital to bring this conflict to a close. Ireland fully supports the work of the UN Special Envoy and his efforts to bring an end to conflict, based on the 2012 Geneva Communiqué and UN Security Council Resolution 2254. We need a long term, sustainable solution to this conflict," Coveney added.

"Ireland also wishes to acknowledge the efforts of those countries, particularly the neighbouring countries of Turkey, Jordan and Lebanon, who have so generously hosted millions of Syrian refugees. Each of these countries, and their people, have extended a compassionate response to human need. It is our duty as an international community to show support and solidarity for their efforts."

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