Emergency Grant Aid through International Organizations for Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) from Unrest in Timor-Leste

June 13, 2006

  1. In response to a UN flash appeal, the Government of Japan decided on June 13 (Tue), to provide emergency grant aid of five million dollars (for emergency shelters, health and sanitation, water, and transportation, etc.) through the United Nations and relevant international organizations to IDPs in Timor-Leste where security situation has deteriorated rapidly since the end of April.
  2. In Timor-Leste, especially in the capital Dili, approximately 100,000 people (about 60% of the population of 180,000) became IDPs. Of these, about 65,000 have taken refuge in 30 camps in the city, and another 35,000 are in nine camps in local districts, where all the IDPs are suffering from serious living conditions. Considering such a situation, the Government of Japan decided the assistance for IDPs based on local needs.
  3. Japan calls for urgent restoration of law and order, and intends to provide maximum cooperation for proactively contributing to the consolidation of peace and nation-building in Timor-Leste. Foreign Minister Taro Aso conveyed thus Japan's position by telephone to President Kay Rala Xanana Gusmao of Timor Leste on June 8. In this conversation, President Gusmao expressed strong expectation of Japan's assistance. The above emergency grant aid is a visible answer to his expectation. As a lead country to the UN's discussion on Timor-Leste, Japan became one of the first countries to respond to the UN flash appeal, considering that Japan intends to take the initiative in the Security Council. Japan's assistance is to become the largest among the countries which respond to the UN flash appeal.
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