Government unveils new Syria strategy

Denmark’s total aid package for Syria in 2012-2014 is closing in on one billion kroner

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May 19th, 2014 10:34 am| by admin
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The foreign minister, Martin Lidegaard, and the trade and development minister, Mogens Jensen, have launched a one-year Syria program for 2014 and a strategic aid framework for Syria for 2014 and 2015.

Some 100 million kroner has been set aside for a program that the government sees as an important part of the ongoing Danish efforts to help the Syrian population in the opposition-controlled areas in the country.

“The new Syria project aims to improve the access that the Syrian population has to basic needs like water, electricity, education and health,” Jensen said in a press release.

”Another essential arena is the police and judicial sector, where we will support the moderate, civil entities who work to better the judicial security for the local population.”

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Supporting the moderates
Moreover, the aid funds will support a number of human rights and civil society projects and efforts that target a political solution to the conflict.

“With the program, we will double our stabilisation and development efforts in Syria, sending a clear signal to the Syrian population and the moderate opposition that Denmark is behind them,” Lidegaard said.

The program is to be financed by the peace and stability fund, which will give 80 million kroner, and the Danish-Arab Partnership Program, which is covering the remaining 20 million kroner.

Denmark’s total aid package for Syria from 2012-2014 is closing in on one billion kroner. 

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