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UN-EU conference raises $4.4 billion in aid for Syria

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BRUSSELS, April 25, 2018 (Xinhua) -- EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini speaks during a press conference after the conference on
EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini speaks during a press conference after the conference on "Supporting the future of Syria and the region" at EU council headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, April 25, 2018. (Xinhua/Thierry Monass/IANS)

International donors at a UN-EU humanitarian conference have pledged $4.4 billion to fund critical aid programmes in war-torn Syria throughout 2018….reports Asian Lite News

GENEVA, April 3, 2018 (Xinhua) -- UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres delivers a speech during the High-Level Pledging Event for the Humanitarian Crisis in Yemen at Palais des Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, April 3, 2018. UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres applauded Tuesday international pledges of more than 2 billion U.S. dollars in 2018 for the three-year-old crisis in Yemen. (Xinhua/Xu Jinquan/IANS) by .
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres (Xinhua/Xu Jinquan/IANS)

Gathered in the Belgian capital alongside top officials from over 85 countries and organisations, UN and EU leaders said on Wednesday that the stalled UN-led Syrian political negotiations, known as the intra-Syrian talks, must be revived.

In a video message to the conference, which aimed to boost support for the future of Syria as well as the wider region, hosting millions of refugees, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said that negotiations were the only way forward. “The solution must be political.”

The UN chief also stressed on the importance of Security Council resolution 2254 (2015), which endorsed a roadmap for a peace process in Syria, and the 2012 Geneva communique, which set out the principles for a political transition in the country.

Guterres said he will continue to engage with member states to move towards a genuine and credible political solution that meets the aspirations of the Syrian people to dignity and freedom.