U.S. Department of State
Press Statement by Nicholas Burn/Spokesman
March 6, 1997
U.S. Contribution for Humanitarian Assistance in Serbia/Montenegro
The United States will provide funding in the amount of $2,446,109 to assist vulnerable refugees living in Serbia/Montenegro. This assistance is part of our continuing and substantial efforts to help vulnerable refugees and displaced persons throughout the former Yugoslavia.
These new funds are being made available to the International Rescue Committee ($1,100,000) and to the International Orthodox Christian Charities ($1,346,109). Both of these non-governmental organizations have programs to provide assistance to vulnerable refugees (the elderly, single parent households, the blind, and children) living in Serbia/Montenegro. The International Rescue Committee (IRC) will provide food and fuel and will screen beneficiaries for medical problems. The International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC) will provide food, clothing, collective center repair, and self-help projects.
There are over 500,000 refugees still in Serbia/Montenegro, many of whom depend almost entirely on humanitarian aid for their basic needs. Voluntary repatriation to Croatia and Bosnia has been negligible.
In addition to the funding announced today, the United States Government has been providing substantial funding for humanitarian assistance to refugees in Serbia/Montenegro through the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). As we work to consolidate peace in the region within the framework of the Dayton Accords and promote social and economic renewal, we anticipate the need for humanitarian assistance to diminish. We will continue to fund humanitarian assistance in the region as long as it is necessary.
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