Kuwait pledges USD 300 mln for Syrians, urges UNSC to end Syrians'' suffering
KUWAIT -- Sheikh Sabah said the Pledging Conference was being held while the humanitarian catastrophe in Syria was escalated further.
"The numbers of dead are multiplying, and destruction has become the main feature of every neighborhood in Syria, without exception," he said.
Sheikh Sabah said "we follow with total sadness and sorrow" the bloody developments in Syria which was not only undermining the security and terrotirial integrity of Syria and its people, but the security and stability of the region.
"We were terrified by the latest report of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, which confirmed that more than 60,000 innocent victims of men, women and children have fallen dead, and that the numbers of missing persons, detainees and injured have multiplied and have reached several hundred thousands, in addition to more than 600,000 refugees in neighboring countries, who are suffering tragic living conditions under harsh weather conditions," he said.
Hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees are now in Jordan, Iraq, Lebanon and Turkey.
Sheikh Sabbah praised the four countries for their giant humanitarian service for the Syrian refugees.
The Amir of Kuwait called for the coordination of provision of relief supplies for the Syrian people in and outside their country.
He noted that a report by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) showed that the farming sector in Syria has been devastated and its reconstruction would take a very long time.
He said Syria's wheat production was damaged by 50 percent and the farmers were suffering from lack of security and fuel.
This, added the Kuwaiti Amir, compel the international community to work by full force and and to work fully to stop the bloodshed in Syria.
UAE pledges USD 300 mln for Syrians
KUWAIT-- The United Arab Emirates (UAE) Wednesday pledged USD 300 million designed to help international humanitarian efforts for the Syrian people suffering from almost two-year-old conflict in their country.
"The UAE ... and since the outsent of the events in Syria, lived up to its responsibility in offering aid and relief supplies for the Syrian refugees in neighboring countries ... supported all Arab and international initiatives with the hope of ending the tragedy they (Syrians) are experiencing ... and part of our continued support for the Syrian people, the UAE decided to offer USD 300 million" for the Syrian people, Sheikh Mohammad bin Zayed Al-Nuhayyan, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince the Deputy Supreme Commander of UAE Armed Forces, said at the International Humanitarian Pledging Conference for Syria.
Sheikh Mohammad thanked the Amir of Kuwait His Highness Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah for hosting the Pledging Conference.
He described the bloody developments in Syria as terrifying. "The daily destruction of humans and buildings is shaking every human feelings and places the international human conscience before a big challenge," he added.
Sheikh Mohammad said the suffering of the civilians in Syria was placing the international community before a "humanitarian and moral" responsibilities.
He called on regional and international endeavors to unite to provide the daily needs of the Syrian refugees, and to make sure the aid reach the most in need.
Sheikh Mohammad asserted that the international community was responsible to ending the suffering of the Syrian people. "We hope that the time has come to honor these commitments," he added.
Bahrain pledges USD 20 mln for Syrian people
KUWAIT-- Bahrain's Crown Prince and Deputy Supreme Commander Salman bin Hamad Al-Khalifa Wednesday pledge USD 20 million to help the Syrian refugees in and outside their country.
In a bief speech before the International Humanitarian Pledging Conference for Syria, Prince Salman said Bahrain would contribute USD 20 million to help provide relief supplies for the Syrian people.
This amount, he added, would be added to an already USD five million used in construction of shelters for the Syrian refugees.
Prince Salman thanked the State of Kuwait for hosting the conference, which was added to Kuwait's leading humanitarian role.
Kuwait's Amir opens the Int''l Humanitarian Pledging Conf. for Syria
KUWAIT-- His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah inaugurates on Wednesday morning the International Humanitarian Pledging Conference for Syria, with the participation of 59 countries.
The conference will also witness the participation of 13 organizations and humanitarian and relief agencies of the United Nations.
The conference comes in response to UN Secretary General's call last December to Kuwait hosting such an event, which was highly welcomed by HH the Amir, aimed at lessening the suffering of the Syrian people in and out of the country.
The United Nations announced in December that its specialized agencies need USD 1.5 billion to provide adequate funding until next June to help with the implementation of its humanitarian program for Syria.
The UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in a statement to Kuwait News Agency (KUNA) yesterday expressed his happiness towards the high level of participation in the conference today, saying "I did not invite all UN Member States, but we called upon all countries that had previously met humanitarian appeals for Syrian, therefore about 60 countries will participate and four organizations, the GCC, OIC, Arab League, and the EU in addition to representatives of civil societies and charitable organizations, illustrating the international community's support of the Syrian people." Ban Ki-moon said that the aim of the conference is to get pledges of not less than USD 1.5 billion to meet the humanitarian needs over the next six months until the end of June, "We have a list of four million Syrians affected by the crisis, in addition to more than 700,000 refugees hosted in several neighboring countries including Iraq, Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey. " Kuwaiti Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Sheikh Sabah Al-Khalid Al-Hamad Al-Sabah said in a press conference yesterday that the donors' conference "is a humanitarian message, and a way to provide as much aid as possible for Syrian refugees."