«Syria remains an unsafe place for its displaced residents to return to. To support immediate stabilization measures in liberated areas in northern Syria, Latvia is committed to providing financial assistance of EUR 100,000 for the international coalition to continue the fight against Daesh,» as announced by Latvian Defence Ministry’s parliamentary secretary Zanda Kalnina-Lukasevica.
On Wednesday, 5 April, Lukasevica took part in an international conference for the support of Syria and the region’s support for the future in Brussels. There she expressed strong condemnation of the use of chemical weapons in Idlib Province. She added that those responsible for that attack should be brought to justice.
Lukasevica emphasized the need to maintain ceasefire to avoid any more deaths among the civilian populace and ensure that humanitarian aid is distributed across all of Syria, Defence Ministry reports.
«Millions of people in Syria and countries that have resettled refugees are in dire need of immediate assistance. International community has to provide the necessary humanitarian aid in all of Syria to reduce the suffering of its people, as well as reduce the deficit of food and medicine,» said the parliamentary secretary.
Lukasevica also voiced support of a political solution for the Syrian conflict and UN’s managed peace process. A military solution to this conflict is not possible. Latvian parliamentary secretary also thanked Syria’s neighbouring countries that have resettled millions of Syrian refugees. She added that Syria requires immediate assistance and a clear recovery plan.
Lukasevica also said: «The scale of crimes in Syria is nothing short of terrifying. It is not possible to restore long-term stability and national peace in Syria without calling the once responsible for those crimes to justice. The ones responsible should be brought to justice without delay. This is why Latvia will provide support of EUR 10,000 for the newly-formed UN General Assembly mechanism. It will help investigate and punish the ones responsible for violations of international law in Syria.»
Defence Ministry reports that the conference also addressed the matter of international financial assistance and future support for Syria and it neighbouring countries. Support was expressed during the meeting for a political solution to the Syrian conflict.
The attack that involved using toxic gas took place on Tuesday, 4 April. Approximately 60 civilians, including children, were killed in this attack. Another 100 civilians have been hospitalized and some of them have been sent to Turkey to undergo treatment. «This may be one of the largest chemical attacks in the duration of the Syrian conflict,» the ministry emphasizes.
BBC reports that the current death toll is 72, including 2 children. USA, UK and France have submitted a resolution to the UN Security Council. In it, the countries condemn the use of chemical weapons.
UN Security Council blames this attack on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s regime.
Syrian opposition also blames al-Assad’s army for this attack. Syrian government forces deny their involvement in it and instead blame terrorists for this attack.
On Wednesday, 5 April, Russian Defence Ministry reported that Syrian air force performed a strike against «terrorists’ warehouse» that was used to store toxic substances.