Kuwait's permanent representative to the UN Mansour al-Otaibi
New York - Arab Today
Kuwait's permanent representative to the UN Mansour Al-Otaibi has said 90 percent of pledges at Kuwait's donors conference for Syrian people, held in January 2014, were honored, a percentage described by the envoy as "very high." He said the pledges delivered exceeded USD two billion, out of USD 2.4 billion committed during the Second International Pledging Conference for the Syrian people, Kuwait news agency KUNA reported.
Kuwait hosted the first conference in January 2013 and pledges amounted to USD 1.5 billion. Kuwait contributed USD 300 million in the first conference and USD 500 million in the second.
Kuwait is set to host the third conference on March 31 with the UN seeking to collect USD billions to honor growing needs of some 12.5 million Syrian people, either internally displaced or living as refugees in neighboring countries.
"The humanitarian conditions are deteriorating because of the continuation of the crisis and violence, and the Syrian authorities' failure to abide by the relevant UN Security Council resolutions, specially those aim at improving the humanitarian situation," Ambassador Al-Otaibi said.