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Sweden pledges millions to boost Syria aid effort

Published: 31 Aug 2012 16:15 GMT+02:00
Updated: 31 Aug 2012 16:15 GMT+02:00

Sweden said Friday it would donate 25 million kronor ($3.7 million) to the UN refugee agency to help the humanitarian aid effort in Syria.

But the country warned however against the creation of safe zones to protect refugees in Syria.

Establishing such areas would mean "that we have the military capacity to maintain security around such zones," Swedish Development Aid Minister Gunilla Carlsson told reporters as she announced the aid.

"We've decided to free up an additional 25 million kronor for Syria, via the UNHCR," Carlsson said.

The money brings Sweden's contributions to Syria to 182 million kronor since the beginning of the year, she said, adding that Sweden was one of the biggest financial donors for humanitarian aid to Syria.

The UN estimates there are 1.2 million displaced people sheltering in public buildings in Syria. Many more sought refuge with family and friends to escape cities where President Bashar al-Assad's forces are battling opposition rebels.

Some 2.5 million people have been affected by the 17-month-old conflict and a UN Food and Agriculture Organization estimate made in June said three million people are "food insecure".

Carlsson said "Assad and his camp must take responsibility" for the civilian population.

"I don't see any joint pressure from the international community for them to do so," she lamented.

Carlsson and Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt met Thursday with the head of Syria's main opposition group the Syrian National Council, Abdel Basset Sayda, who asked Sweden to help provide medication, medical supplies and ambulances.

Sweden is studying the request, Carlsson said.

The CNS is holding an internal meeting in Stockholm until Saturday.

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10:49 September 1, 2012 by Grokh
yay lets give them money and support whenever lynch mobs go around throwing bodies off buildings
22:36 September 2, 2012 by Sven-Ingvar
Syria right now is a "normal" outcome of Islam which is a violent political process not a religion at all.

Until Sweden and United Nation address Islam as the problem nothing will change!

Hasn't since 700 AD around the time Islam began and started it's domination by conquests, which are still by Islamic style warfare: infiltration, thesurprise attack, killing for killings sake

Giving money or aid just makes the horror Islam creates worse, If Sweden bring in refugees fleeing the horror they create it's important they be made to leave their cult behind.Like Schizophrenics, Moslem's need therapy; Not confirmation of their delusions.
14:17 September 3, 2012 by themoron
themoron says: Yes Mrs. Carlsson. Send more money to the terrorists so that US has an excuse to invade Syria because the terrorists had accomplished more in their terror actions. Now they are not only helped by other nations to overthrow Syria's regim; now Sweden contributes to that. But wait a minute! Sweden cannot get involved in any military action of the US. Sweden was, is and will remain for centuries, as NEUTRAL as the US.
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