Foreign ministers from the UN Security Council member nations met Thursday (August 30th) to discuss the humanitarian situation in Syria, amid calls by Turkey to set up safe zones for Syrian refugees, AFP reported.
Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu told the meeting to act "without delay" to set up safe havens for fleeing Syrians.
More than 80,000 Syrians are already in camps in Turkey, and 4,000 Syrians cross the border every day, he said.
"How long are we going to sit and watch while an entire generation is being wiped out by random bombardment and deliberate targeting?" Davutoglu asked.
British Foreign Secretary William Hague said prior to the meeting that there are "considerable difficulties" with the idea of protected enclaves for citizens.
"We are excluding no option in the future. We do not know how this crisis will develop," Hague said during a joint news conference with French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius. "[The situation] is steadily getting worse. […] We have contingency planning for a wide range of scenarios."
Hague and Fabius also announced additional financial aid for UN refugee work in Syria.
France will contribute 5 million euros ($6.2 million) to its current pledge while Britain will add 3 million pounds ($4.8 million) to its commitment.
Both called on other nations to increase their pledges, and Sweden said on Friday it will donate 25 million kroner ($3.7 million) to the UN refugee agency for the humanitarian aid effort in Syria.