European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso announces an additional 400 million euro aid for Syria and neighbouring countries.
"The Commission will deploy a comprehensive package of assistance with humanitarian and non-humanitarian support, mobilising an additional 400 million euros for Syria and neighbouring countries in particular Lebanon and Jordan. Including the host communities there, which are also most severely affected. It is important that other donors can also raise up to the occasion. However we know that humanitarian support is only a palliative. What we need is to put a solution to the conflict that guaranteed a halt to the violence. We need unrestricted and unconditional humanitarian access and we need a transitional inclusive government. The situation in Syria is a stain on the world conscience. We all have a duty to act," said European Commission President, Jose Manuel Barraso.