The General Assembly voted on a non-binding resolution condemning violations of human rights in Syria. The draft resolution, adopted by 116 votes to 20, with 52 abstentions, was submitted by Saudi Arabia and Qatar. The states that voted against the resolution include China, Russia, Iran, Cuba, Nicaragua, Venezuela and Zimbabwe, while the abstainers include a number of Arab countries such as Algeria, Sudan, Yemen and Lebanon. Both Qatar and Saudi…
Saturday, 20 December 2014 10:31

UNICEF Appeal: $900 Million for Syrian Children

The UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) said Thursday it needs more than $900 million next year to help children affected by Syria's civil war, AFP reported. "The Syria crisis represents the biggest threat to children of recent times," said UNICEF's regional director for the Middle East and North Africa, Maria Calivis, ahead of the launch of a major UN appeal for Syrian refugees in Berlin later Thursday. "By the end of…
Saturday, 20 December 2014 10:26

U.N. Seeks $8.4B for Syria Humanitarian Aid

The United Nations launched its biggest ever humanitarian appeal for Syria Thursday, seeking $8.4 billion after only securing about half the funding it asked for in 2014. The aid is desperately needed to provide help to 18 million people in both Syria and scattered through the region, as well as the countries and communities struggling to host them, U.N. officials told a donors’ meeting in Germany. Some 200,000 people have…
A visit to Iran by Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu on Wednesday highlighted opposing views on the Syrian war, with both countries saying dialogue was needed to close the gaps. "The [Bashar] Assad regime has lost its legitimacy," he said at a joint press conference with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif. "Iran and Turkey have different positions, but our countries are cooperating to find a common solution in Syria," Çavuşoğlu…
EU foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini said special UN Syria envoy Staffan de Mistura had briefed foreign ministers on Sunday on plans for a “freeze” between regime and rebel forces in Aleppo. “The aim is a limited local truce to help ease the desperate plight of the civilian population and provide some way forward after repeated efforts to end the war have failed. We would look at what we can…
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