Lithuania provides humanitarian assistance to Syria
On 30 June, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius attended the fourth Brussels Conference on “Supporting the future of Syria and the region”, which was co-chaired by the European Union and the United Nations. The event was held in a virtual format. L. Linkevičius voiced his consistent support for Syria, activities of the UN Special Envoy for Syria Geir O. Pedersen, as well as stressed the need to support young people in the country and to ensure accountability for crimes committed in Syria.
“We can expect a lasting solution to the conflict only after accountability for crimes committed in Syria is ensured. We appreciate efforts by organizations working in this area and expect that their activities will eventually yield significant results,” said Lithuania’s Foreign Minister.
According to the Foreign Minister, Lithuania will continue to support international sanctions against the Damascus regime until it complies with the conditions of the peace process facilitated by the United Nations. L. Linkevičius also presented Lithuania’s commitment to supporting the Syrian people.
In 2020, Lithuania allocated EUR 50, 000 in humanitarian aid to support the activities of the United Nations Children's Fund in Syria. Since 2012, Lithuania’s humanitarian assistance to the people of Syria has totaled EUR 338, 442.
The event aimed to highlight the international community’s support for a peaceful, political settlement in line with the UN Security Council Resolution 2254 and to mobilize donor support to those affected by conflict in the country.
The conflict in Syria began in the spring of 2011. The Syrian conflict, which has lasted a decade, is one of the worst humanitarian catastrophes of the 21st century. Since the beginning of the conflict, between 380,000 and 560,000 Syrians have died. Today, more than 12 million people are in need of humanitarian aid. It is estimated that around 7 million persons in Syria are internally displaced. The total number of refugees is about 5.5 million.