The UN Secretary-General António Guterres urged countries to renew their “financial, humanitarian and political commitments to the Syrian people, and to the countries and communities hosting refugees.”
In a video appeal earlier in the day to those attending the third major conference of its kind for Syria, in the Belgian capital, Brussels, the UN chief said: “Only a political solution based on Security Council Resolution 2254 can bring sustainable peace to Syria.”
“After eight years of war, the scale of suffering in Syria remains staggering,” Guterres said, adding that more than 11 million people inside Syria need humanitarian aid and many face violence on a daily basis.
“As we work towards this goal, we must continue to support the Syrian people and give them hope of a better future.”
EU Humanitarian Aid Commissioner Christos Stylianides said that the negotiations and pledges made at the conference indicated that “we will continue to stand by those who are in need of help.”
Stylianides noted that the conference sent an important message to the world and the Syrian people, stressing that stability, democracy and prosperity can be achieved in Syria through a comprehensive, peaceful and political solution.
The conference, which concluded on Thursday, brought together about 80 representatives from more than 50 countries, including Turkey.
The delegation of the Syrian Coalition to Brussels held important meetings on the sidelines of the conference as it highlighted the Assad regime’s deadly attacks against civilians. It also discussed ways to push the political process forward to bring about a comprehensive political transition in line with the international resolutions. (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department)