COPENHAGEN, April 3 (Xinhua) -- The Danish government has earmarked 250 million Danish kroner (35.88 million U.S. dollars) as part of its aid efforts to support the victims of the conflict in Syria, local media reported on Monday.
The aid is aimed at emergency humanitarian assistance, as well as more long-term development initiative in Syria and neighboring nations dealing with the massive influx of refugees fleeing the violence, according to the Danish newspaper The Cophenhagen Post.
"The situation for Syria's civilian population is become increasingly desperate and over 11 million Syrians are either internally displaced or have fled the country," Minister for Development Cooperation Ulla Toernaes was quoted as saying.
"Meanwhile, just a fraction of the humanitarian needs for Syria have been financed. So we are now setting aside a quarter of a billion kroner to help the many people who are affected by the war -- in and outside Syria's borders," said the minister.
The aid was announced just ahead of next week's international Syria conference in Brussels, where about 70 nations, civil societies, the UN and the EU will discuss the future of Syria and ensure that donors live up to their promises to support the victims of the civil war.
Denmark has donated over 2 billion kroner to Syria in aid since 2011, according to the paper. (1 U.S. dollar = 6.97 Danish kroner)