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PM: Czechs may give more aid to Syrian refugees

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Prague, Feb 3 (CTK) – The Czech Republic may send further financial aid to refugees fleeing the war-ravaged Syria if there is money in the budget reserve, Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka said after a cabinet meeting on Wednesday, before his departure for a Syria donor conference that will be held in London on Thursday.

At the conference Supporting Syria and the Region in 2016, Sobotka is to announce that Prague will give at least six million euros in aid of Syria and its region this year.

“If the Czech budget develops well and we find some other reserves, one of the priorities for which we want to use the finances is aid to refugees,” Sobotka said.

He said the Czech Republic had a unique position in Syria as its embassy in Damascus has never stopped to operate. The Czech embassy might mediate the humanitarian aid from the European Union, he added.

Sobotka said he believes most of the required sum of nine billion euros would be gained this year.

The London conference follows up similar events held in Kuwait in 2013-2015. The Czech Republic originally planned to donate about four million euros, but the Government Office said the sum was increased to six million.

Most of the sum will go to development aid.

Sobotka said previously the finances would support effort to create jobs for Syrian refugees, their retraining, schools for their children and health care services.

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