Federal Foreign Minister Heiko Maas (54, SPD) promised new aid to those who suffered from the Assad regime in the run-up to the Brussels donor conference. At the same time, however, he called for a political solution to the civil war that had lasted for more than ten years. Even the largest and longest aid convoy is no substitute for sustainable peace, according to Maas.
The Syrian regime and its supporters must finally understand that only a serious political process can prepare a viable future for the country. Sham elections in a devastated country are no substitute for real negotiations under UN Security Council Resolution 2254.
Background: At the Syria donor conference this Tuesday (1 p.m.), representatives from more than 60 states and organizations want to initiate new aid for the victims of Assad. The funds raised at the online event will be used for food, medical aids and schooling for children, among other things.
They are intended to flow directly into the civil war country through aid organizations or to benefit countries in the region that have taken in many refugees from Syria. As possible without the regime of the inhuman dictator Bashar al-Assad (55) benefiting from it.
Germany wants to “move forward”
Germany is planning a promise of aid that is comparable to that at the Brussels meeting last year, according to the Foreign Office. At that time, around 1.6 billion euros were promised for Syria and the neighboring countries in the region and then in the end even 1.75 billion euros were made available.
We continue to fully support the efforts of the United Nations to alleviate the suffering of millions of Syrians and to obtain a perspective for peace, said Maas. This year’s Brussels conference will continue to make progress and other countries will be encouraged to become generously involved.
Praise from the CDU / CSU parliamentary group for the advance
The human rights policy spokesman for the CDU / CSU parliamentary group, Michael Brand (47), expressed his satisfaction with the announcements made by the federal government. The money is also well invested because it enables people to stay close to home in order to return there when the situation improves, said the CDU politician. Many would have already done that.
► Brand to BILD: “As before, the aid goes directly to the people through well-known partners and aid organizations in neighboring countries and in certain areas in Syria, without involving the regime. The brutal Assad regime comes out empty-handed. ”
In this way, Germany is also sending a political signal to its neighbors, who have been taking an enormous burden in accepting refugees from Syria for years. “They too are entitled to support,” says Brand.
Assad’s war against his people in Syria has been going on since 2011. Although the violence has recently decreased, all talks about a political solution are currently on hold.
Dictator Assad now rules most of the country again, including the most important cities. There are also areas under the control of various rebel groups and the Kurdish militia YPG.
► According to UN data, 12.4 million people, and thus almost 60 percent of the population, have recently suffered from hunger. The number of people who cannot survive without food aid doubled in one year. The Assad regime lacks the money to pay for the reconstruction itself.
► Representatives of aid organizations are therefore calling for a turnaround in aid to Syria. The humanitarian situation in the civil war country is a disaster, said Caritas President Peter Neher at the start of the conference. “We have to allow targeted reconstruction measures, also in areas under the control of the regime,” said the Caritas president.
The EU has so far rejected this because it does not want to support Assad’s rule. Germany and other states are only willing to do this if there is tangible progress in finding a political solution.
Neher said that Syria’s infrastructure has been massively destroyed. Around 2.5 million children did not go to school. “We want to help people that they have a roof over their heads again,” said the president of the Catholic aid organization. “We want to rebuild kindergartens, schools and health facilities.”
Targeted reconstruction measures could improve people’s lives “without this being seen as a license for the regime”.