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28 Dec 2000 description

Extract from State Department Noon Briefing, December 28, 2000
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Transcript: State Department Noon Briefing, December 28, 2000
(Refugees, Mideast, North Korea, child abductions, Laos, Turkey, Israel, Russia/Iran, security) (7260)

State Department Deputy Spokesman Phil Reeker briefed.

Following is the State Department transcript:

(begin transcript)

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE
Daily Press Briefing Index

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 28, 2000

BRIEFER: Philip T. Reeker, Deputy Spokesman

ANNOUNCEMENT

19 Dec 2000 description


STATEMENT FROM THE FOURTH CLIMATE OUTLOOK FORUM FOR THE SOUTHERN AFRICAN REGION, 18-19 December 2000, Harare, Zimbabwe.
SUMMARY

There is a likelihood of normal to above-normal rainfall over most of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) countries for the period January-March (JFM) 2001. However, Mauritius has high probabilities of below-normal rainfall. Drought conditions are likely to continue in most parts of Tanzania.

18 Dec 2000 description

The U.S. State Department announced December 18 that the United States will make an initial contribution of $125 million dollars for the 2001 programs of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, the world's leading agency in providing assistance and support to 23 million people who have fled their homelands.

05 Dec 2000 description

The European Commission has approved emergency humanitarian aid worth euro 2 million to help refugees from Congo and Angola who have fled to Zambia to escape conflict in their home countries. The assistance, directed through its Humanitarian Aid Office (ECHO), is supporting the relief efforts of four partners (The World Food Programme, MSF Netherlands, the International Red Cross Federation and Dan Church Aid). The focus of support for Congolese refugees is the new Kala camp. This has been established to deal with a continuing influx of people.

04 Dec 2000 description


U.S. AGENCY FOR INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT
BUREAU FOR HUMANITARIAN RESPONSE (BHR)
OFFICE OF U.S. FOREIGN DISASTER ASSISTANCE (OFDA)
Note: More information specifically on the USG response to the eruption of violence in Kisangani can be found in an Information Bulletin dated August 10, 2000.

Background

Laurent-Desire Kabila and his Alliance of Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Congo-Zaire (ADFL) overthrew Mobutu Sese Seko in May 1997. The ADFL renamed Zaire the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DROC) and inaugurated President Kabila on May 29, 1997.

01 Dec 2000 description

December 2000-January-February 2001 (DJF) forecast summary

30 Nov 2000 description

United States Agency for International Development
Bureau for Humanitarian Response
Office of Transition Initiatives

30 Nov 2000 description

Following the overthrow of President Mobutu in May 1997, OTI initiated activities in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DROC) to address the soaring expectations of the population and to aid in the transition. OTI's method was to support the development of community improvement projects that demonstrated positive change and brought civil society together with local government in a democratic and transparent process.

21 Nov 2000 description

The Clinton administration has built a "forward-looking, informed, and enduring relationship" between the United States and Africa, but the next administration, Congress, and the small but growing constituency in the United States that cares about Africa must "build on this legacy ... to ensure there is no turning back on the road to full partnership."

02 Nov 2000 description

Planned Project Summary Information
Project number: 21308

Branch: Africa and Middle East

Country: Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)

CIDA's ODA Priorities:
0202 - 25% - Gender Equality is one of the objectives / results

31 Oct 2000 description


Seasonal Update
November-December 2000-January 2001 (NDJ) forecast summary

31 Oct 2000 description

United States Agency for International Development
Bureau for Humanitarian Response
Office of Transition Initiatives

18 Oct 2000 description

The United States is "deeply concerned" by reports of violence against human rights workers in the rebel-controlled and Rwandan-occupied area of the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo, the U.S. Department of State said October 18.

02 Oct 2000 description

Earthquake Bulletin

00/10/02 02:25:27 UTC 7.95S 30.46E Depth: 10.0 km 6.6Ms
LAKE TANGANYIKA REGION

35 miles (50 km) SSW of Kipili, Tanzania

19 Sep 2000 description

The next U.S. administration following the Clinton presidency will inherit a "heavy responsibility to maintain and expand" the close U.S.-Africa partnership that has been put in place and fostered during the past eight years, says Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Susan Rice.