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Today Thomas Silberhorn, the Parliamentary State Secretary to the Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development, ended his three-day visit to Iraq and Jordan. In a meeting with Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, Silberhorn pledged support for the people who have fled from Mosul and assistance for rebuilding the city following its liberation.
At the weekend, up to 135 Pakistani soldiers were buried by an avalanche at Siachen glacier in the mountains of Kashmir. With the support of the Federal Foreign Office, a team of six experts from the Federal Agency for Technical Relief (THW) arrived in Islamabad in the early hours of the morning to support local rescue workers. A spokesperson of the Federal Foreign Office issued the following statement in Berlin today (10 April):
One year after the devastating flood in Pakistan, which directly affected some 20 million people, German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle and German Development Minister Dirk Niebel are taking stock of the support that has been provided by Germany: "Especially people in north-western Pakistan are struggling, having been affected by two emergencies – military conflict with the Taliban and the consequences of the flood crisis. Germany will therefore continue to support the reconstruction effort.
The Federal Government is to provide a further 10 million euro in humanitarian support for Pakistan. This brings the Government's total bilateral aid for Pakistan to 35 million euro.
The Federal Government has stepped up its humanitarian aid for the flood victims in Pakistan by a further ten million to currently 25 million euro. Federal Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle today (19 August) issued the following statement:
"The scale of the floods in Pakistan is far greater than originally estimated. We must now assume up to 20 million people are affected.
That is why Federal Minister Dirk Niebel and I have decided to step up the Federal Government's humanitarian aid for Pakistan by a further 10 million euro.
The Federal Government is increasing its humanitarian assistance for the survivors of the floods in Pakistan from the present level of 10 million euro to 15 million euro.
In view of the worsening conditions on the ground, the Federal Foreign Office and the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development have each increased their pledge of assistance by 2.5 million euro. The funds will be used in particular to provide medical supplies, food and access to drinking water.
The Federal Foreign Office and the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development are each increasing their pledges of assistance from 500,000 euro to 1 million euro, bringing aid to a total of 2 million euro.
In the last few days, it has been confirmed that the scale of the damage and the number of people affected are larger than initially thought. More than 4 million people across the country are directly affected by the devastating impact of the floods. What is most urgently needed is food, drinking water, tents as well as general medical care.
The Federal Foreign Office is making 2 million euro available to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) to help fund aid projects for internally displaced persons in Pakistan.
According to latest figures from the United Nations 1.3 million people in Pakistan are registered as internally displaced persons.
On 19 November 2009, Afghanistan's President Karzai announced an ambitious reform program for his second term in office: he plans to take more consistent action against corruption, improve governance, and create additional jobs.
With a view to supporting Afghanistan's government in pursuing this course and to reinforcing Germany's stabilization and development support, the German Development Ministry (BMZ) is making available another 52 million euros for Afghanistan.
Germany is providing funds to the tune of 4 million euro to help with the supply of drinking water in the Pakistan province of Balochistan. The aim of the programme initiated by Federal Foreign Office is to finance measures that quickly improve access to drinking water, such as deep wells, pumping stations, water containers and standpipes. The local population plays a major role in choosing and carrying out the individual projects.
The plight of the refugees in Pakistan was top of Ambassador Bernd M=FCtzelburg's agenda on his trip to the region. The Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistanvisited a project in Mardan District that with German assistance is helping to deal with this humanitarian emergency.
To gain a clearer idea of the situation of those forced to flee their homes, M=FCtzelburg met with a range of different interlocutors. In his talks with General Nadeem Ahmed he inquired about how the Pakistan Government was coordinating the aid.
The Federal Foreign Office is increasing its aid for internally displaced persons in north-west Pakistan by a further 1 million euro. This is intended to help the almost two million people still unable to return to their homes in the Swat Valley and Buner District.
In 2009 the Federal Foreign Office has already donated 3.5 million euro in humanitarian aid for Pakistan, notably in the form of tents and medicines.
The Federal Foreign Office has increased its aid for internally displaced persons in North-West Pakistan by a further 1 million euro. The money will be donated to the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) to fund the construction of refugee camps and shelters and the provision of material aid to those in need.
Today (20 May), Federal Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier made the following statement on the subject:
"I am greatly concerned about the situation in North-West Pakistan and the fate of the over 1 million refugees there.
In response to the dramatic humanitarian situation in northwest Pakistan, the German Development Ministry has committed another 5 million euros in aid for internally displaced people.
The assistance will be delivered based on close cooperation with the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR). It is intended to improve the availability of basic supplies for the needy. German Development Minister Heidemarie Wieczorek-Zeul visited Pakistan in early April and gained a first-hand impression of the difficult refugee situation on the ground.
Tens of thousands more people have fled their home region in North-West Pakistan due to the renewed hostilities between the Pakistan Government and armed groups. According to UNHCR, about one million people have been displaced. In addition to the Swat Valley, the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) on the border with Afghanistan have been affected.
During today's donor conference in Tokyo the international community pledged around $5.3 billion in financial aid for Pakistan, designed to augment the loans already granted by the IMF and to help Pakistan cope with the economic and financial crisis over the next two years (2009-2010).
During the conference Ambassador Bernd M=FCtzelburg, the Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan and head of the German delegation, announced on behalf of the Federal Government that Germany would provide project-tied aid to the tune of 115 million euro for the coming two years.
Almost half a million people have now fled their homes in North-West Pakistan due to the hostilities between the Pakistan Government and armed groups. The Swat Valley and the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) on the border with Afghanistan have been particularly hard hit.
The Federal Foreign Office is making available an additional one million euro from its humanitarian aid budget to the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) to fund assistance and protection measures for these displaced persons.
The ICRC has the greatest access to the population affected.
2008 was a year of major humanitarian challenges. Natural disasters such as Cyclone Nargis in Myanmar, the devastating earthquake in China, flooding in India and Brazil or the hurricanes in the Caribbean once again highlighted the dangers of the unbridled forces of nature. In the complex political crises in Africa, as well as in Afghanistan and Iraq, unresolved conflicts made it impossible to improve the precarious humanitarian situation of people living there.
The Federal Foreign Office is making available
100,000 euro to help flood victims in north-west Pakistan.
Following heavy rainfall, more than 200,000 people in the region bordering on Afghanistan have been affected during the last week. At least 41 people have died and 50 are still missing.
Close cooperation between Pakistan and Afghanistan is essential if lasting stability is to be brought to Afghanistan and the region. For this reason, Germany supports closer cooperation between the two countries.
Stability in Afghanistan has always required regional stability. If reconstruction is to succeed, security must be guaranteed in the country.