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Syria: we must do more. Georgieva puts pressure on governments

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(BRUSSELS2) Kristalina Georgieva used all her strength of conviction today to send a message – again! – through the media, to governments as well as to public opinion. A message which comes while the Ministers of Foreign Affairs are currently meeting in Paphos (Cyprus), in an informal meeting, with Syria on their agenda... This call is undoubtedly not a coincidence.

For the Commissioner in charge of Humanitarian Aid, the Syrian crisis is not going " stop soon ". And it matters " to do more ". And quick. " It’s not that help isn’t important. But the needs are increasing on site, day by day. And more help is needed she told B2 after the press conference. " Everyone needs to get involved: the Nordic countries and the United Kingdom have already increased aid. Other European countries, Arab countries, Russia must do it. ". The European Commission has decided to set an example by releasing additional humanitarian aid of 50 million euros. Supplement which will bring its total aid to 119 million. Added to the aid allocated by Member States, we reach 200 million euros, or around half of international humanitarian aid. “While this tragedy demands a political solution, in its absence our main concern is to reduce the suffering of Syrian civilians and limit the spillover of the conflict to neighboring countries. ". she declared before also calling on other international donors to increase their funding. " The international community has so far failed to unify politically, but this is no reason to do less on the humanitarian level.she added. Half of the medical infrastructure is also out of order and one in three Syrians cannot receive the necessary aid, Ms. Georgieva explained: 2,5 million Syrians need help; 1,2 million Syrians are displaced in the pas.

Let humanitarian aid pass

3000 community workers are in Syria today. 8 of them have already died, including the last yesterday (Thursday September 6) only! “We must say loud and clear to all the actors in the conflict that there are laws on the conduct of war that they are obliged to respect. And this message needs to be repeated over and over and over again. Not only because the integrity of civilians and community workers is at stake, but also because the history of similar conflicts has taught us that the greater the wounds, the harder the healing."Before continuing, very aware of the situation, "I am told that the fighting is so intense that no one listens to this message. Guess some people do. We know that combat groups follow a code of conduct. And I think it's a moral obligation for the international community to speak out about it loud and clear. »

The Syrian regime is making efforts, but it is “not enough”

The Syrian regime would at least seem to be listening (a little) to this same message. The government recently authorized more visas for humanitarian workers, including a member of K. Georgieva's cabinet. "Not enough !exclaimed the Commissioner in front of the journalists, "but they have made arrangements so that more people can return to the country". They also authorized 8 international humanitarian organizations which until now did not have authorization and authorized the UN to open offices where the fighting is most intense.* But again, the Commissioner is still waiting for the answer to three visa applications for members of his team. "What is done with regard to what constitutes the needs is far from being enough!"before imaging:"In Syria, it's like climbing a very high mountain. The higher we climb this mountain, the higher the mountain. "

Ready to go to Syria, if necessary

Finally, she also specified that if she can contribute something, she will not hesitate to go to Syria, but that for the moment it was more important in her eyes that the experts and specialists of her cabinet go there. .

(*) Proof that Ms. Georgieva's pressures are scoring points or that the Assad regime once again feels sufficiently "comfortable" on the military level to let it slip away on the humanitarian level?

Written with the active help of Damien Kerlouet

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Nicolas Gros Verheyde

Chief editor of the B2 site. Graduated in European law from the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne and listener to the 65th session of the IHEDN (Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale. Journalist since 1989, founded B2 - Bruxelles2 in 2008. EU/NATO correspondent in Brussels for Sud-Ouest (previously West-France and France-Soir).