The Netherlands stops supporting Syrian rebels, ahead of Idlib offensive
The Netherlands has stopped funding the Syrian opposition in the civil war against president Assad, foreign minister Stef Blok and trade minister Sigrid Kaag have told MPs in a briefing.
The chance that rebel forces will be able to win the civil war is, the ministers say, now âextremely limitedâ. Dutch support for the rebels has ânot had the desired effectsâ, the ministers said. The Netherlands had set aside â¬70m to fund the opposition.
In addition to funding âmoderateâ rebels, the Netherland had also put money into their police forces and to the White Helmets programme, the civilian rescue service. Funding for the first two programmes has stopped immediately while the White Helmet support will end in December.
Th e Netherlands will, however, continue to support Syrian people âwhich will be extremely necessaryâ in the coming period, ministers said. Some three million people live in Idlib, which is the last rebel stronghold and where a major offensive by Assad supporters Russia is said to be about to take place.
In their briefing ministers are pessimistic about the current situation in Syria, saying that a military victory by Assadâs forces is âimminentâ and that the âinherent instabilityâ means the prospects for lasting peace are gloomy.
However, the Netherlands will continue to strive for a political solution and to support Syriaâs neighbouring countries which have also been hit by the conflict, the letter said.
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