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Syria (Q&A - Excerpt from the daily press briefing - August 3, 2012)

Q - Yesterday, Obama announced an additional $12 million in humanitarian aid for Syria. Given the diplomatic deadlock, Annan’s resignation and the revolving presidency of the Security Council, now held by France, what kind of new effort—national and/or international—do you plan on making with respect to humanitarian aid?

A - The humanitarian situation in Syria is extremely serious. There are several hundreds of thousands of refugees in neighboring countries, 120,000 of whom have been registered by the High Commissioner for Refugees, in addition to a million internally displaced persons. Access to food, medicine and necessities has become problematic for thousands of families. France is fully mobilized in the face of this humanitarian emergency.

Very early on, last February, we established an emergency humanitarian fund for Syria.

We also raised this issue with our European partners at the last Foreign Affairs Council, at which it was decided to increase emergency humanitarian aid for Syria by an additional €20 million, bringing the total amount of aid from the EU and its member states to €90 million to contribute to meeting urgent needs in Syria and neighboring countries that are taking in a large number of refugees.

There is also a problem of access. We will discuss all these issues with our partners during our Security Council presidency.


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