Denmark gives extra 400 million kroner to Syria
The Local · 4 Feb 2016, 13:39
Published: 04 Feb 2016 13:39 GMT+01:00
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Denmark will increase the amount of state donations to humanitarian aid in Syria by 400 million kroner ($60 million), bringing Danish contributions up to a total of 688 million ($103 million), the PM said on Twitter as a major donor conference got underway in London.
In the tweet, Rasmussen said that 688 million kroner would be given to help ‘in Syria and neighbouring countries. This includes the 288 million kroner announced by the government in September as a contribution the EU’s Turkey facility, reports TV2.
Denmark's contributions will be spread out between now and 2020.
Rasmussen's tweet said that the Danish money would be used to support "humanitarian aid for victims of the war; police, human rights and democracy in Syria; and Turkey’s management of the refugee situation".
The Norwegian contribution represents nearly one seventh of the $9 million the United Nations requested from participating countries in order to support neighbouring countries as well as democracy, human rights and eventual rebuilding within Syria.
Britain pledged $1.74 billion in aid, also to be spent between 2016 and 2020.
An Oxfam report released prior to the conference revealed that, in 2015, Denmark gave over three times the amount expected relative to its gross national income – making it the world’s third biggest relative donor to Syrian aid after Norway and Kuwait.