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U.S. Department of State
97/01/17 Statement: U.S. Contribution for Humanitarian Assistance
Office of the Spokesman
Press Statement by Nicholas Burns/Spokesman
January 17, 1997
U.S. Contribution for Humanitarian Assistance in the Former Yugoslavia
The United States is providing new funding in the amount of $27 million
to facilitate and promote the return of refugees and displaced persons
in the former Yugoslavia and to provide humanitarian assistance to those
still in need of relief.
The funds are being contributed to the United Nations High Commissioner
for Refugees (UNHCR), the designated lead agency for the United Nations
international humanitarian assistance effort in the former Yugoslavia.
The United States supports UNHCR's efforts to strengthen coordination
between refugee return and economic reconstruction.
There are still over two million Bosnian and 550,000 Croatian refugees
and internally displaced. In 1997, UNHCR will give priority to programs
which facilitate voluntary return and relocation.
UNHCR'S activities include self-help housing repairs, income generation
activities, including micro-credit, and the Bosnian Women's Initiative.
The latter is designed to help women who are often the sole providers
for their families participate in the reconstruction of their lives and
The United States continues to be the leading donor country to the
international relief effort in the former Yugoslavia. This latest
contribution will bring the total U.S. Government humanitarian
assistance to the former Yugoslavia to more than $1.3 billion since
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