Otawa -- Maria Minna, Canada's Minister for International Cooperation, today announced $200,000 for the Canadian Centre for International Studies and Cooperation (CECI) to provide shelter for more than 400 families affected by the floods in Vietnam. This brings the Canadian International Development Agency's (CIDA) total contribution to victims of the floods to $300,000 since November 1999.
"The areas that were most affected by the floods are among the poorest in the country. There are very few resources with which to rebuild," said Minister Minna.
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CHECHNYA - Thousands are seeking safety following a Russian military warning last week, announcing plans to begin an assault on the Chechen capital of Grozny on December 11, in an attempt to gain control of the capital by the New Year. Some 200,000 Chechens displaced by Russian military air strikes and artillery shelling across the region have fled to nearby Georgia, Ingushetia, Daghestan, and North Ossetia.
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Appeal no. 19/99 - Period covered: 02 - 09 December
On December 10 (Fri), the Government of Japan decided to extend emergency assistance of about 62 million yen to two NGOs (Shanti Volunteer Association and World Vision Japan), which are engaged in supporting those who lost their houses in the earthquake in Taiwan.
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There is an urgent need to return East Timorese displaced from West Timor and elsewhere in Indonesia to their communities of origin in order for rehabilitation, reconstruction and development to begin as quickly as possible. The safe and orderly return transportation of displaced persons is the responsibility of IOM by agreement and in close cooperation with UNHCR.
This report includes: A) Russian Federation/Chechnya B) Balkans C) Afghanistan D) Somalia E) Tanzania F) Democratic Republic of Congo.
The Head of the UN Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK), D. Bernard Kouchner today urged Kosovars to resist extremists seeking revenge and to speak out against violence.
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MOSCOW (Reuters) - A senior Russian official offered on Friday to negotiate the evacuation of civilians trapped in Grozny and said there was no deadline for them to leave the besieged Chechen capital.
Chechen fighters said they had withdrawn from the last major town they had held in the lowlands apart from Grozny and were regrouping near the mountains in the south of the province.
In southwestern Chechnya, Chechen field commander Akhmed Basmukayev told Reuters correspondent Maria Eismont that civilians were unable to leave Grozny because of heavy Russian shelling of …
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For the First Meeting of the Standing Committee of Experts on Stockpile Destruction
9-10 December 1999
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1997 Convention on the Prohibition of the Use, Stockpiling, Production and Transfer of Anti-Personnel Mines and On their Destruction
SOMALIA: Puntland orders out three UN
The UN this week received letters of expulsion for three international staff members from the self-declared state of Puntland in northeastern Somalia. The letters, from Puntland's "interior minister" Hassan Abshir Farah, accused the three - Eddie Johns of UNDP/UNCTAD, Remmelt Hummeyn of UNDP and Said Al-Naimari of UNICEF - of "unsatisfactory services". heir
On 9 December 1999, Switzerland accepted to take over the chairmanship of the "Afghanistan Support Group" (ASG) from Canada. The ASG is a group of countries which work together to provide international support for Afghanistan. The Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) will be responsible for the chairmanship of the ASG.
Afghanistan has been either on the verge of civil war or in a state of open armed conflict for decades. The degree to which this situation has affected the country varies considerably from one part to another.
- Summary of Current Disaster Conditions
1. Situation Analysis of the Tropical Depression:
BRAZZAVILLE, Congo (PANA) - The Congolese government has called for international aid following floods in Brazzaville and other regions in the north of the country.
Yemen - Floods
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