Syrian conflict needs resolution after two years of violence: Valerie Amos

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Valerie Amos

The top UN humanitarian official has called on the international community to do more to end the crisis in Syria.

Valerie Amos wrapped up a two-day visit to Turkey during which she visited Kilis Province in the Southeast of the country.

She said she "met families who fled their homes more than 18 months ago". She said "They are in despair. They feel abandoned by the international community. They all want the same thing: the conflict to end so that they can go home".

Ms. Amos praised the Turkish people and the Government for their generosity in hosting more than 185,000 registered refugees from Syria in camps, and tens of thousands who have not been registered yet. She commended the work of national and international organizations in supporting the refugees sheltering in camps, and those living with host communities in towns and cities, and urged the international community to do more. 

The UN humanitarian chief also met Turkish officials in Ankara and signed a Plan of Action with the country's Disaster Management Directorate (AFAD).

Ms. Amos said: "Turkey has become a key partner in regional and international aid efforts, sending crisis response teams, mobilizing funding and engaging in efforts to improve the humanitarian response system", noting that "This agreement will enable us to deepen and strengthen that partnership".

Donn Bobb, United Nations.


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