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Contribution in Kind for the Syrian Refugees

December 10, 2013

1. In response to a request from the International Organization for Migration (IOM), the Government of Japan, concerned about the serious humanitarian situation facing Syrian refugees in the Republic of Iraq and the Republic of Turkey, made a cabinet decision on Dec 10 to provide 800 tents, 10,000 jerry cans, 10,000 blankets, and 10,000 sleeping mats (purchase price: approximately 136 million yen) as contribution in kind in accordance with the International Peace Cooperation Law. These goods will be used for the relief activities conducted by IOM in Iraq and Turkey.

2. Japan has already pledged and been carrying out grant aid up to approximately 155 million dollars for the humanitarian crisis in Syria. Furthermore, Japan decided to provide stockpiled goods with a view to serve them during the forthcoming severe winter.

These goods are stockpiled in warehouses of the Secretariat of the International Cooperation Headquarters, Cabinet Office located in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. They are going to be transported and handed over to IOM in Iraq and Turkey.

So far, Japan has carried out contributions in kind in accordance with the International Peace Cooperation Law 24 times in total, for example contribution in kind for the Sudanese refugees this January.

(* The foregoing is a provisional translation. The date indicated above denotes the date of the issue of the original press release in Japanese.)
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