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PRESS RELEASES AND NEWS

09.09.2015

Opening remarks by Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov at a meeting with the co-chairs of the High-Level Panel on Humanitarian Financing, Kristalina Georgieva and Nazrin Shah, Moscow September 8, 2015

Esteemed Ms Co-Chair,

Esteemed Mr Co-Chair,

We are happy to welcome you, the heads of the High-Level Panel on Humanitarian Financing, in Moscow. You are faced with the highly challenging goal of preparing proposals and recommendations for the World Humanitarian Summit that will take place next year in Turkey.

An analysis of the present situation with humanitarian assistance is a complex task. The gap between the need for humanitarian assistance and the aggregate number of people who need it, on the one hand, and the available resources, on the other, is constantly growing. There is the simple temptation to estimate how much money is needed and then recommend that governments provide additional funding. I even heard proposals that this be done on a mandatory basis. However, this mechanical approach will not work. You understand this better than anybody else in light of the EU’s attempts to resolve the refugee problem in a similar way. In any case, this simple “bookkeeping” approach cannot work here, since the problems that you address have political causes.

The high political level of the panel members is further evidence of the fact that we have to deal with a very serious problem. Political analysis of current statistics shows that the lion’s share of people who need humanitarian assistance are victims of various conflicts. So, in addressing this situation, it is very difficult to avoid the necessity of addressing the root causes of additional refugee movement and of other people in need of humanitarian assistance. Justice demands that countries responsible for unleashing conflicts bear a greater responsibility for the provision of humanitarian assistance to their victims.

We understand the entire complexity of the tasks that you are faced with. We will be ready to support the successful work of your panel. We appreciate your interest in the Russian position, as is evident from your visit to our country.

Welcome.

 

 




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