Friday, October 17, 2003

New Zealand

New Zealand has pledged 5 million dollars in relief aid to Iraq, in addition to the 5.3 million it has already donated:

The Government has welcomed the United Nations Security Council's new resolution on Iraq and promised to chip in another $5 million in humanitarian aid.

Acting Foreign Minister Marian Hobbs said the resolution, which was passed unanimously today, made it clear the needs of the Iraqi people would come first.

"The importance of United Nations involvement in Iraq is clearly flagged," she said in a statement.


Ms Hobbs said the NZ Defence Force engineering detachment, sent to Iraq to assist with reconstruction, had arrived at the end of September and was already hard at work.

New Zealand would be represented at the Madrid Conference and would announce $5 million to support the reconstruction and humanitarian activities of the NZDF engineers, and a further $500,000 to support New Zealand non-governmental organisations working with partners in Iraq, Ms Hobbs said.

New Zealand had already provided $4.3 million for emergency humanitarian relief efforts and had committed a further $1 million for rehabilitation of the Iraq agriculture ministry in Baghdad.


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