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29 September 1999

 

Text: U.S. to Provide $5.1 Million for East Timor Assistance

(Statement by Deputy Spokesman James Foley)  (460)
The United States will be providing $5.1 million in humanitarian
assistance to victims of the recent violence in East Timor, Deputy
State Department Spokesman James Foley announced September 29.
"This contribution is part of a larger U.S. government response to the
violence and subsequent displacement of hundreds of thousands of East
Timorese following the August 30 vote for independence," Foley said in
a prepared statement.
He noted that the U.S. government has already provided more than $10
million to the relief effort.
Following is the State Department text:
(begin text)
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE
Office of the Spokesman
For Immediate Release
September 29, 1999 #99/840
STATEMENT BY JAMES B. FOLEY, DEPUTY SPOKESMAN
U.S. Provides $5.1 Million for East Timor Assistance
The Government of the United States is pleased to announce a
contribution of $5.1 million for the humanitarian needs of the people
of East Timor. The United Nations Interim Inter-Agency Appeal for East
Timor will receive $4.1 million, and the International Committee for
the Red Cross (ICRC) will receive $1 million. This initial, FY 99
donation to the U.N. appeal provides $2.6 million to the United
Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), $1 million to the
World Food Program (WFP), and $500,000 to the Office for the
Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).
This contribution is part of a larger U.S. government response to the
violence and subsequent displacement of hundreds of thousands of East
Timorese following the August 30 vote for independence. The U.S.
government has already provided over $10 million to the relief effort.
USAID will provide $4.9 million in food provisions that will arrive in
mid-November. United Nations agencies are also responding with food,
medical supplies, shelter, and water for more than 200,000 internally
displaced persons in East Timor and another 170-200,000 refugees in
camps in West Timor.
The contribution will help establish OCHA's Humanitarian Assistance
Coordination Unit (HACU) in Dili that will help ensure a timely and
effective response to emerging humanitarian requirements. The
contribution to WFP will help fund the creation of a UN logistics unit
in Dili. UNHCR's activities will include emergency interventions in
shelter, water and sanitation, refugee protection and repatriation.
USG funding will also support ICRC activities in emergency relief,
medical services, protection, and tracing. Additional contributions
will be forthcoming from the USG in the new fiscal year.
This funding comes from the State Department's Bureau of Population,
Refugees, and Migration (PRM). It follows on the heels of PRM
Assistant Secretary Julia Taft's recent visit to the region with
senior humanitarian aid officials from Japan, Thailand, the U.K, and
Sweden.
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