Switzerland opened a humanitarian office in Damascus

The Swiss will open a humanitarian office in Syria, in the capital, Damascus, confirmed on Friday that the head of swiss diplomacy , Didier Burkhalter, on the waves of the RTS, referring to a information of this media. The decision in principle was taken, but the terms and conditions of opening still need to be addressed, according to him.

“It’s a question of responding to humanitarian needs and only humanitarian,” insisted the federal councillor, for which the Damascus government is not legitimized by Bern at the political level with the decision. The antenna, the swiss will carry out humanitarian projects funded by Switzerland.

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“It was a matter of placing the impartiality of Switzerland in Damascus for the humanitarian needs of Switzerland or also to give a boost to the major humanitarian organizations engaging with the syrian regime to matters of access (…) remain the most problematic,” says federal councillor.

Trilateral Dialogue

Switzerland has tried for years to obtain guarantees “of independence, neutrality and impartiality, humanity” in order to allow this humanitarian work on the ground and from Damascus. If Syria does not comply with these warranties, it will not be possible to carry out this humanitarian work, according to Didier Burkhalter.

According to him, the talks have not been so difficult, even if the discussions lasted approximately six months, according to the RTS. The dialogue has been trilateral, with Syria and Iran, ” said Mr. Burkhalter.

According to the RTS, the humanitarian office of the swiss agency for development and cooperation (SDC) could open as early as this fall. The number of people employed is currently not known. (tty/nxp)

Created: 19.05.2017, 19h21

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