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

July 7, 2006

  1. In response to a UN flash appeal announced on June 12 (Mon), the Government of Japan decided on July 7 (Fri) to provide the following emergency grant aid to internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Timor-Leste where the security situation has deteriorated rapidly since the end of April. The assistance is provided for such areas as water and sanitation, health and nutrition, emergency shelters, short-term job creation, and transportation. This emergency grant aid is to realize the announcement made by Japan on June 13 (Tue) to provide the assistance of US$5 million. Of that US$5 million, US$1.5 million will be provided through the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), US$2 million the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), US$1 million the International Organization for Migration (IOM), and US$0.5 million the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).
  2. In Timor-Leste, especially in the capital of Dili, approximately 151,000 people, which correspond to about 84% of the population of Dili's 180,000, have become IDPs. Of these, about 72,000 have taken refuge in the camps inside the capital and about 79,000 are in camps in local districts. These IDPs are suffering from serious living conditions. In this situation, the Government of Japan, based on local needs, decided on the assistance for this series of projects aiming at supporting the IDPs.
  3. Japan calls for urgent restoration of law and order in Timor-Leste, and intends to provide maximum cooperation to proactively contribute to the consolidation of peace and nation-building. Foreign Minister Taro Aso conveyed Japan's view by telephone to President Kay Rala Xanana Gusmao of Timor Leste on June 8. Dr. Kiyohiko Toyama, Vice-Minister (Parliamentary) for Foreign Affairs, also explained the same view to the President firsthand when he visited the country from June 19 (Mon) to 21 (Wed). In these conversation, President Gusmao had expressed a strong expectation of Japan's assistance. The above emergency grant aid is a clear response to such expectation. Japan's assistance is to become the largest among those which donors have extended in response to the UN flash appeal.

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