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Effective and cooperative action to secure long-term food security and improved nutrition in developing countries is a priority shared by all Commonwealth countries, as reflected in the Perth Declaration on Food Security Principles. The humanitarian crisis now affecting the Horn of Africa is a tragic reminder of the chronic food insecurity that afflicts many parts of that continent.
Ottawa - The Honourable Susan Whelan, Minister for International Cooperation, today announced that Canada, through the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), has committed $3 million to provide emergency assistance for people in Eritrea.
"Canada is responding to the urgent need for food and water in all regions of Eritrea," said Minister Whelan. "Three consecutive years of drought in the Horn of Africa have left more than half of Eritrea's 4 million people in danger of starvation."
May 22, 2001 (10:20 a.m. EDT)
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Foreign Affairs Minister Lloyd Axworthy today welcomed Eritrea's acceptance of the latest peace proposals put forward by the Special Envoy of the Organization of African Unity (OAU), Ahmed Ouyahia, aimed at ending the hostilities with neighbouring Ethiopia.
"Eritrea's initial response to the OAU's latest peace proposals is encouraging, but only a first step," said Mr. Axworthy. "I strongly urge the Government of Ethiopia to halt its advance and to return to the bargaining table.