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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.