Lithuania provides support to Syrian refugees, advocates for accountability for crimes
On 30 March, the Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Mantas Adomėnas took part in the fifth Brussels Conference 'Supporting the future of Syria and the region' and voiced Lithuania’s support for refugees affected by conflict in Syria and for internally displaced persons. The conference took place in a virtual format. Lithuania's Foreign Vice-Minister also expressed Lithuania’s support for the United Nations Special Envoy for Syria Geir O. Pedersen and for a peaceful solution to the Syria conflict, in line with the UN Security Council Resolution 2254, as well as stressed the need to seek accountability for crimes committed in Syria.
“Over the past decade, Syrians civilians have been subjected to systemic and serious human rights violations. In order to achieve a lasting solution, we must ensure that those responsible are held accountable,” said Adomėnas.
According to the Foreign Vice-Minister, Lithuania will back international sanctions against the Syrian regime as long as it is stalling the UN peace process.
Adomėnas presented Lithuania’s humanitarian commitment to Syria. This year, Lithuania has allocated EUR 50, 000 in support for the activities of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Syria and the region. Since 2012, Lithuania’s humanitarian assistance to the people of Syria has totaled EUR 388,442.
The conference aims to continue supporting the Syrian people and to mobilise the international community in support of a comprehensive and credible political solution to the Syria conflict, in line with UN Security Council Resolution 2254.
This year marks the 10th anniversary of the Syrian civil war. The conflict in this country is considered to be the worst humanitarian crisis of the 21st century. The conflict has left between 380,000 and 560,000 people dead. The country counts 7 million internally displaced, while another 5.5 million Syrians have fled across borders.