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Denmark contributes to Syria Recovery Trust Fund

05.09.2013  12:38

Denmark’s ambassador to Germany, Mr. Per Poulsen-Hansen, participated in the inauguration ceremony on 2 September in Berlin for the Syria Recovery Trust Fund alongside other dignitaries, most notably German Minister of Foreign Affairs, Guido Westerwelle, and the President of the Syrian Opposition Coalition, Ahmed Jarba. Denmark is the first donor to officially contribute to the Trust Fund, following the two founding donors, Germany and The United Arab Emirates.

Denmark has allocated 25 million Danish kroner to the Syria Recovery Trust Fund that has as its primary purpose to support the stabilization efforts in the opposition held areas inside Syria through, for example, the re-establishment of basic societal structures. Hence, the trust fund will initially focus on providing basic commodities that are scarce to the civilian population in a war-torn everyday life. Moreover, it is a declared objective that the Trust Fund will strengthen the local administrative structures’ capability to provide basic social services. In the longer run, the Syria Recovery Trust Fund also has the capacity to contribute to the re-building of Syria’s destroyed infrastructure.

The Nordic countries will share a seat in the Trust Fund’s strategic steering group. Denmark will hold the Nordic seat in the initial phase. The Syrian opposition Coalition will also be represented on a permanent basis. 

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The Danish ambassador to Germany, Mr. Per-Poulsen Hansen (right), hands over the accession letter.

In occasion of the inauguration ceremony, Danish Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Villy Søvndal, comments:

“I am very pleased that Denmark as the first country following the two founding donor has contributed to the Syria Recovery Trust Fund. With our contribution to the Trust Fund, we increase our already substantial support to the moderate opposition and the Syrian civilian population. This support remains a high political priority for me and the government. The Syria Recovery Trust Fund will play an important part in the efforts of the international community and the moderate Syrian opposition to support the nascent stabilization of the opposition held areas and improve the living conditions for the civilian population. In the longer run, the Trust Fund will be instrumental in paving the way for the transition period that we all hope to see”.

“The international community has as one of its most important tasks to aid the Syrian Opposition Coalition in building administrative functions that can benefit the civilian population in its everyday life. This is also an area on which Denmark works closely with the other Nordic countries”.

Since the beginning of the conflict, Denmark has allocated 95 million Danish kroner in non-humanitarian support and 436 million kroner in humanitarian aid to Syria.

For further information, please contact:
Philip Kaas Buschard, telephone: (0045) 2526 7557, e-mail: philbu@um.dk