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AA 00 030 09 Jun 2000

"In recognition of the impact of conflict and the severe on-going drought on the people of the Horn of Africa, Australia will provide a further $2 million for humanitarian assistance in the region," the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Senator Kay Patterson said today.

It is estimated 16 million people in the Horn of Africa are facing severe food and water shortages.

"The Australian Government deplores the recent escalation in armed conflict between Ethiopia and Eritrea, supports the UN embargo on the supply of arms …