U.S. Department of State
Press Statement by Nicholas Burns/Spokesman
January 17, 1997
U.S. Contribution for Humanitarian Assistance in the Former Yugoslavia
The United States is providing new funding in the amount of $27 million to facilitate and promote the return of refugees and displaced persons in the former Yugoslavia and to provide humanitarian assistance to those still in need of relief.
The funds are being contributed to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the designated lead agency for the United Nations international humanitarian assistance effort in the former Yugoslavia. The United States supports UNHCR's efforts to strengthen coordination between refugee return and economic reconstruction.
There are still over two million Bosnian and 550,000 Croatian refugees and internally displaced. In 1997, UNHCR will give priority to programs which facilitate voluntary return and relocation.
UNHCR'S activities include self-help housing repairs, income generation activities, including micro-credit, and the Bosnian Women's Initiative. The latter is designed to help women who are often the sole providers for their families participate in the reconstruction of their lives and communities.
The United States continues to be the leading donor country to the international relief effort in the former Yugoslavia. This latest contribution will bring the total U.S. Government humanitarian assistance to the former Yugoslavia to more than $1.3 billion since 1991.
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