Syria: Stylianides, concern for suspension WFP's assistance

additional 5.5 million euros in humanitarian funding from the EU

08 December, 18:38

    (ANSAmed) - BRUSSELS, DECEMBER 08 - The EU Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management Christos Stylianides expressed his "deep concern" at the suspension of food assistance for more than 1.7 million Syrian refugees in neighbouring countries by the World Food Program's (WFP) due to a dramatic shortage of funding.

    "The EU is deeply committed to this constructive partnership and is appalled by the sudden break in the WFP's pipeline of food and subsistence items especially at the onset of winter. We are pursuing all avenues to increase the mobilisation of resources" said the EU Commissioner in a statement, announcing an additional amount of 5.5 million euros in humanitarian funding to WFP, bringing the EU's overall funding of WFP for Syria to 18 million euros in 2014.

    Together with funding for other partners in the region such as UNICEF, the International Red Cross, the UNHCR and numerous NGOs, the EU will disburse more than 155 million euros this year. "But clearly it is not sufficient," said the EU Commissioner. "I am convinced - he added - that the international donor community including the EU member states will step up to the challenge and mobilise funds for the victims of conflict and disasters". "I moreover invite all donors and UN agencies to sit together for the 2015 planning to prevent such a shortfall happening again" Stylianides concluded. (ANSAmed)
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