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Statement by Richard Boucher, Spokesman
January 5, 2001

U.S. Contributes $65.5 Million to International Committee of the Red Cross

The United States is pleased to announce a new 2001 contribution of $65.5 million to the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in response to its 2001 Emergency Appeals for field operations.

The Geneva-based organization provides protection and humanitarian assistance throughout the world in areas of armed conflict. In more than sixty countries, the International Committee of the Red Cross assists and protects more than 5,000,000 conflict victims and displaced persons. The International Committee of the Red Cross is often the only international organization allowed to move freely within occupied territories, to cross combatant lines, to access prisoners or detention centers, and to act as an intermediary in prisoner of war exchanges.

The United States has the highest regard for the difficult and often dangerous work of the International Committee of the Red Cross' staff of over 9,000 in providing assistance and protection to victims of conflict. Our contributions are indicative of our strong support for its crucial role in international humanitarian assistance.

The contribution is allocated by regions:

  • Africa - $29 million
  • Western Hemisphere - $5 million
  • Europe - $16.2 million
  • Near East - $4.6 million
  • South Asia - $6.7 million
  • East Asia - $4 million

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