Lithuania provides humanitarian aid to Yemen, Syria and Albania
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania allocated EUR 15 thousand in humanitarian aid to Yemen and Syria each and EUR 10 thousand to Albania.
The world’s largest humanitarian crisis is currently unfolding in Yemen, which calls for immediate response of the international community. The devastation has been caused by an armed conflict on-going since 2015. The United Nations data speaks for itself: 22.2 million people are in need of assistance while 11.3 million are in acute need of humanitarian aid, and 17.8 million are malnourished. Having taken into account the critical situation of the country which is on the brink of famine, Lithuania is going to transfer its humanitarian aid allocations to Yemen to the account of the World Food Programme.
The conflict in Syria is in its seventh year now. The United Nations estimated that 0.4 million people have been killed and 13.5 million are in need of humanitarian aid in Syria. Due to the particularly complicated situation 5.41 million people have fled the country and 6.3 million have left their homes and are internally displaced. The humanitarian aid allocated by Lithuania to Syria will be transferred to the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.
The funds for Albania have been approved in response to the request of the Government of the Republic of Albania. Particularly intense rainfall in many places in Albania has resulted in huge material losses; a large number of people have been evacuated.
The Lithuanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs has already allocated EUR 330 thousand in humanitarian aid to those who suffered from conflicts and natural disasters in Ukraine, Syria, Iraq, Yemen, South Sudan, Somali, Nigeria, Mali, Sri Lanka, Sierra Leon and Dominique, to Palestinian refugees in the Middle East, and refugees from Myanmar.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania allocated EUR 50 thousand in humanitarian aid to Ukraine. The funds will be transferred to the United Nations (UN) migration agency, the International Organisation for Migration. This act is another contribution to the implementation of the Humanitarian Response Plan launched by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs. The Plan aims at allocations which are expected to reach USD 187 million in 2018.
Lithuania firmly supports the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Georgia within the borders recognised by the international community and condemns Syria’s decision to recognise the Georgian regions of Abkhazia and Tskhinvali (South Ossetia) as “independent states”. This is a grave violation of Georgia’s sovereignty and territorial integrity and international law. We call upon the Government of Syria to carry out a policy underpinned by norms of international law rather than succumb to pressure from third countries and to repeal the decision without delay.
Lithuanian MFA supports actions by the US, UK and France against the Syrian regime’s chemical weapons facilities. Use of chemical weapons in Syria crossed all possible red lines. Those responsible for use of chemical weapons against civil population, including children, must be held accountable.