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23 Nov 2012 description

Vienna, 20 November 2012 – "Austria responds to the humanitarian crisis in Uganda and South Sudan by making 1.45 million euros available", Vice-Chancellor and Foreign Minister Michael Spindelegger explained after the meeting of the Ministerial Council on 20 November. "Our contribution is intended to provide help in critical situations that are not in the limelight of the media but still require our political attention and humanitarian commitment."

30 Jan 2009 description

Austria supports the Security Council initiative for strengthening humanitarian international law

Vienna, 30 January 2009 - "The protection of humanitarian international law is one of the priorities of Austria's work in the UN Security Council. Therefore, we very much welcome the fact that France, currently presiding over the Council, has initiated a discussion on this issue", said Foreign Minister Michael Spindelegger in connection with yesterday's first fundamental debate on the "respect for humanitarian international law" in New York.

19 Jan 2009 description

Participation in UN MINURCAT mission limited until the end of 2009

Vienna, 19 January 2008 - Foreign Minister Michael Spindelegger and Defence Minister Norbert Darabos will be proposing a continuation of the humanitarian mission of the Austrian Federal Armed Forces in Chad until the end of 2009 to the Council of Ministers. Foreign Minister Spindelegger used today's session of the Council for Integration Issues and Foreign Policy to inform the parliament parties and the social partners about this plan.

10 Aug 2004 description

Vienna, 10 August 2004 - At today's meeting of the Ministerial Council a motion tabled by the Minister for Foreign Affairs to increase Austria's humanitarian aid for the Darfur crisis region in Sudan was adopted. Austria had already pledged 200,000 euro in emergency humanitarian aid for the displaced population at a United Nations donors' conference held on 3 June 2004. An additional one million euro will now be added to this sum. Minister for Foreign Affairs Ferrero-Waldner: "I have been closely following the developments in Sudan for a long time now.

07 Jun 2004 description

An end to the conflict as well as humanitarian access are the most urgent problems

Vienna, 7 June 2004 - "In the Darfur region of western Sudan we are today facing one of the worst humanitarian crises in the world. Around one million Sudanese have fled since the fighting broke out in February 2003, and the majority of the refugees are women and children. I have therefore arranged for Austria to make available Euro 200,000 in humanitarian aid for these displaced people, making Austria one of the first countries to assist the victims of this humanitarian catastrophe.