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U.S. Department of State
Office of the Deputy Spokesman
Press Statement

 

Statement by Phillip T. Reeker, Deputy Spokesman
July 20, 2000

Angola: U.S. Contributes $2 Million to the
United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

The United States is pleased to announce an additional contribution of $2 million to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) to support the expansion of the High Commissioner's assistance programs in northern Angola. This will fund emergency relief and humanitarian needs for the internally displaced persons (IDPs) in areas where UNHCR is also assisting Congolese refugees and returned Angolan refugees.

The United States is deeply concerned about the dire situation of the estimated 2.5 million people uprooted by the ongoing conflict in Angola.

We believe that the protection and care of the internally displaced and the pursuit of permanent solutions are shared international responsibilities. We call on other donors to be generous in supporting the programs of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and other UN agencies and NGOs working in Angola.

We also urge all parties in Angola to minimize the impact of fighting on civilian populations and facilitate access to those in need of relief and assistance in accordance with international law and humanitarian norms.

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