U.S. Department of State
Press Statement by Richard Boucher, Spokesman
U.S. Contributes $2.6 Million to UN Humanitarian Efforts in Chechnya
The U.S. is pleased to announce a new contribution of $2.6 million to assist the more than 250,000 people displaced by the conflict in Chechnya. This will bring U.S. Government total cash and in-kind assistance to the North Caucasus since the fall of 1999 to over $21 million.
In response to a UN issued Consolidated Interagency Appeal for the Northern Caucasus on June 22, we are providing $2.6 million to address the humanitarian needs created by the crisis in Chechnya. This contribution will extend assistance activities and protection of the displaced in Chechnya, Ingushetiya, and Dagestan in the Russian Federation, as well as Georgia, through the end of the year.
This includes $880,000 to support the programs of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in the Russian Federation, $565,000 to support programs of the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees in Georgia, $505,000 for the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), $447,000 for the World Health Organization (WHO), and $260,000 for the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). This contribution equals about 25 percent of the appeals for each of these four agencies. The U.S. has provided an equivalent level of support to the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) this year.
We are deeply concerned by the news that three International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) workers working with Chechen refugees in Georgia were recently kidnapped. The U.S. Government is especially grateful to International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and UN relief agencies for their courageous efforts in the North Caucasus and Georgia. The international community calls on the Russian Government to cooperate with international humanitarian assistance efforts by providing full access and security. The Russian Government should seek a political resolution to the conflict in Chechnya.
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