Athens, January 28, 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency
By Spiros Sideris
Alexis Tsipras will be in London on February 3-4 to participate in the “Supporting Syria Conference 2016”.
The Greek PM will participate in the conference and will have bilateral meetings with his counterparts, according to information from London. The meeting with his British counterpart David Cameron has not yet been officially confirmed, but diplomatic sources from the British capital consider it a certainty, with the refugee and Cyprus issues high on the agenda, given that Greece and Britain are guarantor powers and the Cyprus issue tops the agenda of the two countries.
According to the official website of the conference:
Syria is the world’s biggest humanitarian crisis. Billions of dollars in international aid are needed to support people caught up in the conflict. The conference will also set itself ambitious goals on education and economic opportunities to transform the lives of refugees caught up in the Syrian crisis – and to support the countries hosting them.
The Supporting Syria and the Region conference will bring together world leaders from around the globe to rise to the challenge of raising the money needed to help millions of people whose lives have been torn apart by the devastating civil war.
The UK, Germany, Kuwait, Norway, and the United Nations will co-host the conference in London on 4 February to raise significant new funding to meet the immediate and longer-term needs of those affected.
The 2016 UN inter-agency appeals for the Syria crisis are an estimated US $ 7.73 billion. An additional US $ 1.2 billion in funding is required by affected regional governments as part of national response plans.
But raising billions in financial support alone will not provide a long-term solution to this protracted humanitarian disaster.
The conference will also set itself ambitious goals on education and economic opportunities to transform the lives of refugees caught up in the Syrian crisis – and to support the countries hosting them.