Posted by Rafiq A. Tschannen
Lynne Nahhas | AFP ARABNEWS
Wednesday 21 November 2012
DUBAI: The Syrian opposition will need $60 billion in Marshall Plan-style aid to prevent the country’s collapse within six months of a fall of the regime, prominent leader George Sabra told reporters on Wednesday.
He urged a “Partnership to Invest in Future Syria” meeting held in Dubai to immediately launch a Marshall Plan for the Arab country, along the lines of the huge post-World War II recovery program for Europe.
Over the “first six months we need 60 billion dollars” as immediate funding for reconstruction, Sabra told reporters on the sidelines of the meeting.
Sabra said the money must come in the form of aid from “our Arab brothers and the international community on whom we count to fulfill their responsibilities toward the humanitarian crisis our country is facing.”
Funding is needed to “resolve the most sensitive and outstanding issues,” starting with “securing housing for people after 2.5 million homes have been destroyed” in the conflict, said Sabra, head of the Syrian National Council.
“What can be described as an economic ‘Marshall Plan for Syria’ cannot be delayed until the current regime fully collapses. It must be initiated immediately,” he told the meeting.