Syrian Journalists Association (SJA) emphasizes the role of media in reconstructing Syria at the Brussels III conference

Brussels

The Syrian Journalists Association had held several meetings on the sidelines of the Brussels III conference on supporting the future of Syria and the region, on 12-14 March 2019. SJA called for strengthening the role of professional media in Syria's future. 

SJA called for media institutions and civil society organizations to build strategic alliances aiming at protecting journalists and establishing professional independent media. 

“Our participation -in the conference- aims at strengthening the role of media in the current negotiations about Syria’s future. We emphasize that the freedom of opinion and expression is an important negotiations’ element, which should not be ignored. We come with a message from all Syrian journalists who refuse guardianship of media and freedom of expression.” Ali Eid, the chairman of SJA said in a statement at the conference.

Ali Eid also stressed the importance of a halt to all violations against civilians and journalists. 

Federica Mogherini, the High Representative of the European Union (EU) for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy announced that the EU will allocate more than €1 billion for Syrian refugees for 2019-2020. 

“I am proud today to announce that the European Union is confirming its pledge of €560 million for 2019 and is committing to the same amount for 2020 --as aids for Syria and the region.” Federica Mogherini said at the conference. 

Federica Mogherini also announced that €1.5 billion allocated to Turkey as part of help to refugees. She stressed that reconstruction of Syria is conditioned with the start of a strong political process under United Nations auspices hoping that the conference will shed lights on the importance of resumption of the Geneva process. 

The third Brussels conference on supporting Syria and the region was launched in Brussels on Tuesday, March 12, 2019, and lasted for 3 continuous days. The conference, co-chaired by the European Union and the United Nation, aims at supporting the efforts to achieve a sustainable political solution for the Syrian crisis according to the Security Council resolution 2254. 

Foreign ministers, representatives from Arabic, European, international countries participated in the conference amid an absence of representatives of the Syrian regime’s government.