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With pledges at the second Brussels conference for Syria falling far short of their targets, concerns that financial support is declining have followed, despite uncertainty of what impact the gap will have on the ground.The pledges also fell $5 billion short of the $9 billion U.N. request, which is calculated on the humanitarian needs of 13 million Syrian refugees.Lebanon is highly dependent on the funds of the international community to support the little under 1 million Syrian refugees registered with the UNHCR in the country.The European Union has taken up its share of the burden, offering 77 percent of the total 2018-2020 pledges of 6.2 billion euros."The EU made a really high pledge and confirmed its commitment," Maja Kocijancic, a EU spokesperson who attended the meeting in Brussels, told The Daily Star. However, she remarked that pledges were only one part of the conference, which included discussions on the necessity of a political solution in Syria.
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