Assistance to International Organizations concerning Aid for Afghan Refugees

October 5, 2001

  1. On September 27, United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan, issued a Donor Alert, stating a total of 580 million dollars would be required for humanitarian assistance over the coming six months, in case massive population is displaced in Afghanistan due to the future development. In response to this Donor Alert, the Government of Japan decided on October 4 to provide up to 120 million dollars (approximately 14,500 million yen), which is approximately 20% of the total funding requirements, in accordance with specific requests it receives for Afghan refugees assistance efforts undertaken by U.N. agencies and other humanitarian organizations.

  2. As part of the above assistance, Japan will initially provide six million dollars (approximately 700 million yen), which is approximately 20% of emergency appeal (29 million dollars) for the coming two months by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).

  3. Japan will announce on the above-mentioned assistance at the Forum on Afghan Refugees and Displaced Populations, to be held in Geneva by U.N. agencies on October 5 and 6.

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