Saturday, September 27, 2014

Global Impact: Germany to Host Conference Re: Aid for Syrian Refugees in Berlin on October 28

According to AFP, Germany will host an international conference next month to mobilize aid for Syrian refugees after the launch of US-led airstrikes, Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier told the United Nations on Saturday (September 27).

Millions of Syrians have fled to neighboring countries and beyond, driven from their homes in a three-year war and the recent offensive by IS jihadists in Iraq and Syria.

Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier told UNGA that "support is needed above all for Syria's neighbors, which are doing a tremendous job, but are also under enormous strain" due to the huge influx of refugees.

The conference is scheduled for October 28 in Berlin.

COMMENT: Germany is to be commended for their sensitivity to the humanitarian concerns within the region.

The announcement came after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan urged European governments to provide greater support to Syrian refugees, noting that his country was already hosting 1.5 million Syrians.

Tens of thousands of Syrians poured into Turkey last week during an offensive by Islamist State (IS) fighters in northeastern Syria that prompted the United States and its Gulf allies to launch airstrikes.

According to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), about 2.5 million have fled to Syria's immediate neighbors Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan and Iraq.

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