France and UK call for urgent contributions to relief efforts in Syria

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The Foreign Ministers of France and the United Kingdom on Thursday called on all countries to urgently and generously contribute funds to help the people affected by the conflict in Syria.

UK Foreign Secretary William Hague announced that his country will make an additional donation of £3 million to the £27 million it has already committed to respond to the crisis in Syria.

Mr. Hague appealed to other nations to increase their funding to help Syrian refugees and displaced people.

He urged members of the Security Council to "set a strong lead."

"Today the United Kingdom stands with France in calling for urgent and generous contributions from all nations to the United Nations relief efforts. One-and-a-half million people have been displaced inside Syria. Two-and-a-half million are in need of urgent assistance and the number of refugees in neighbouring countries is growing day by day. Today it stands at over 200,000. And despite this desperate need, the UN Relief Fund is only 50 per cent funded."

(Duration: 28")

Foreign Secretary Hague was in New York to participate in a Security Council meeting on Syria on Thursday afternoon.

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