Jordan to renew appeal on Syrian refugees

Jordan will again appeal to UN security council members to visit the country and witness the situation there as it shelters over half a million Syrian refugees.

Jordan to renew appeal on Syrian refugees

World Bulletin / News Desk

Jordan will not be able to continue aiding the nearly 600,000 Syrian refugees in the country without international assistance, Jordan's permanent representative to the UN and term president of the UN Security Council (UNSC) in January Zeid Ra'ad said.

Ra'ad evaluated the civil war in Syria and its impacts on neighboring countries at a press conference which was held as Jordan became UNSC term president.

Stating that Turkey, Lebanon and Jordan are sheltering hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees, Ra'ad stressed the countries are under major burdens as they do not receive necessary assistance from the international community.

Noting they had appealed to UNSC members in April to witness the plight of the over half million refugees in Jordan, he said no official response had been given to the invitation.

Underlining the international community's responsibility to provide assistance to refugees, Ra'ad said the current situation harmed Jordan's economic and social structure.

Ra'ad said Jordan would again appeal to security council members during the counrty's term presidency in hopes that they will agree to witness the refugee situation in Jordan.

More than 100,000 people have been killed in almost three years of conflict in Syria, and over two million Syrians are now registered as refugees in neighboring countries, Turkey, Lebanon and Iraq, according to the UN.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 07 Ocak 2014, 11:27