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Linas Linkevičius

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Foreign Vice-Minister N. Germanas stresses the need to ensure safe conditions for Syrian refugees to return home

Created: 2019.03.15 / Updated: 2019.03.15 10:14
      Foreign Vice-Minister N. Germanas stresses the need to ensure safe conditions for Syrian refugees to return home
      Foreign Vice-Minister N. Germanas stresses the need to ensure safe conditions for Syrian refugees to return home

      On 14 March, the Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Neris Germanas participated in the third Brussels Conference on "Supporting the Future of Syria and the region”. The conference was co-chaired by the European Union and the United Nations. It aims to mobilize international financial support for the Syrians, for humanitarian aid both inside the country and in the neighboring countries.

      The EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini chaired the conference. She emphasized support for Syrian civil society and stressed the importance of the role of women in the UN-led Syrian peace process, as well as in ensuring accountability for war crimes in Syria.

      The Foreign Vice-Minister N. Germanas expressed Lithuania’s support for efforts to resume peace talks between the Syrian government and the opposition, and stressed the need to ensure safe conditions for Syrian refugees to return home.

      “Lithuania supports international sanctions against the Assad regime until the Syrian government will begin to make the effort to settle the conflict peacefully, to cooperate with the United Nations, and to ensure safe conditions for Syrian refugees to return home," said N. Germanas.

      Lithuania’s Foreign Vice-Minister also affirmed Lithuania’s commitment to help Syrians affected by the conflict. In 2019, Lithuania allocated EUR 30,000 for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency that has provided assistance in Syria.

      Since the beginning of the war, Lithuania has allocated EUR 300,000 in humanitarian assistance to Syria. In accordance with the 2019 agreement between the EU and Turkey, Lithuania has a commitment to contribute EUR 2.6 million.

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