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EU pledges more than 2bln to support Syrian refugees

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 The European Union pledged more than 2 billion euros ($2.17 billion) to support Syrian refugees across the region.

Cheerful Syrian refugee friends smiling to the camera, Zaatari, Jordan

The European Union pledged more than 2 billion euros ($2.17 billion) to support Syrian refugees across the region on Monday and dismissed any talk of a possible return of refugees to their homeland, saying conditions for a voluntary and safe return were not in place.

"But our commitment cannot end with financial pledges alone," EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said at the start of a conference on Syria in Brussels. 

"Despite the lack of recent progress, we must redouble our efforts to find a political solution to the conflict, a solution that upholds the aspirations of the Syrian people for a peaceful and democratic future."

($1 = 0.9215 euros)

Reporting by John Irish

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