UNITED NATIONS, April 6 (KUNA) -- Kuwait delivered late on Thursday USD one
million to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) to aid
Syrians refugees who fled to neighboring countries fleeing repression of the
The permanent delegate to the UN, Ambassador Mansour Al-Otaibi, delivered a
check of the donated sum to the head of the agency, Udo Janz, during a meeting
in New York. Following the meeting, the diplomat said the donation was given
in line with a pledge in this respect, made by Kuwait during the recent
Syria's friends' conference in Turkey.
He indicated that Kuwaiti associations had donated up to USD 12 million to
the Syrian refugees.
Also following the meeting, Janz told KUNA "I am extremely appreciative of
the generous contribution of the Government of Kuwait to the refugee crisis
that is currently unfolding in the Middle East. Kuwait has been a regular
annual contributor to the High Commissioner's budget, which benefits refugees
"But," he added, "Kuwait has also been quite generous over and above that
regular annual contribution to earmark contributions to particular refugees
situations as it did in this case to assist Syrian refugees who are in the
"Clearly," he noted, "that situation is unfolding. It is not a static
situation and we will have to see how the situation unfolds in the next couple
of months. But, of course, the immediate needs of the population in the
neighboring countries are such that the (Kuwaiti) contribution will be
dedicated to improving their livelihoods and their accommodation wherever they
Kuwait recently also gave a check to the UNHCR Chief in Geneva Antonio
Guterres. It was Kuwait's annual contribution for the year 2011, with an
additional earmarking of USD 250,000 each for the situations in Somalia and in
Thailand, Janz recalled.
"Both of them are extremely valuable because they are not necessarily
regions that are receiving the full attention of the international community,"
More than 130,000 Syrian refugees were estimated to have fled Syria, mostly
finding refuge in neighboring Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey.
The United Nations and its humanitarian partners late last month issued an
appeal for 84 million to help those refugees.
The Syria Regional Response Plan outlines the response needs for Syrian
refugees who have fled the country since March 2011, as well as anticipating
the needs of future arrivals, as the Assad regime continues its bloody
crackdown on his people who demanded political reform and democracy. (end)
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