United States pledged $380 million for Syria
The amount will bring the total contributions of the U.S. to the efforts in Syria to $1.7 billion, Mr.Kerry said. Since a former conference with the same goal was held in Kuwait last year, he said the situation has worsened, with the number of displaced having almost tripled and over 2.3 million having fled their homes to neighbouring countries.
Civilians are paying the price heavily with their health and lives in the internal conflict, Mr Kerry described as "horrific" and "devastating". He blamed the Al-Assad regime for impeding the transport of international humanitarian relief to civilians within Syria. "We must ensure the Syrian regime complies with UN resolutions."
Mr. Kerry noted to his recent meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in Paris, during which both had discussed encouraging a ceasefire between warring factions in Syria, so as to allow the safe passage of relief. He also noted to the conflicts ramifications on the surrounding region, which he warned would lead to "greater instability," if unresolved diplomatically. ■