Foreign Minister Heiko Maas travelled to Brussels for the donor conference for Syria on Wednesday (25 April). Representatives from over 85 countries and numerous aid organisations are attending the meeting, which is being hosted jointly by the European Union and the United Nations.
“We must do our utmost to get a negotiation process under way so that the people in Syria can have hope for peace,” said Foreign Minister Maas. Germany would continue to help the millions of people in Syria and its neighbouring countries who are dependent on aid for their survival, he went on.
Commitment to a diplomatic solution
Bringing about a diplomatic solution to the conflict in Syria was also the reason for the Foreign Minister’s trip to Toronto and New York in recent days. Maas called all parties to come together to inject new impetus into the negotiation process at the G7 Foreign Ministers Meeting in Canada and at the UN headquarters. Dialogue with Russia was indispensable for this, said the Foreign Minister.
Germany among the biggest donors
Germany is one of the biggest contributors of aid worldwide to help ease the suffering of people in Syria and neighbouring countries. Since 2012, the Federal Government alone has provided over two billion euros of humanitarian aid for the people in Syria. More than 13 million people in the country depend on aid for their survival. Many of the embattled regions are cut off from all aid supplies for months time and again. Millions of people have lost everything having fled destruction and violence.
In Brussels, Maas will meet the Special Envoy of the United Nations Secretary-General for Syria Staffan de Mistura and representatives of various UN relief agencies. Furthermore, he is set to support an initiative for prosecuting war crimes committed in Syria.