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Cablegate: Dutch Government Increasing Assistance to Iraqi

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SUBJECT: DUTCH GOVERNMENT INCREASING ASSISTANCE TO IRAQI
REFUGEES IN 2008

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1. (SBU) Emboffs delivered reftel demarche to Foreign
Ministry officials Dirk Jan Wierenga (Iraq desk) and Nelly
Blokker (Humanitarian Aid Division). Wierenga stated that
the Dutch government and parliament share U.S. concerns for
the humanitarian situation of Iraqi refugees and internally
displaced persons (IDPs), and has called on the European
Commission and EU member states to provide support.

2. (SBU) The Dutch government is allocating EUR 8 million in
direct assistance to Iraqi refugees and IDPs in 2008,
doubling its 2007 funding of EUR 4 million. Of this total,
EUR 6 million has been earmarked by parliament to assist IDPs
in northern Iraq. The remaining EUR 2 million will assist
Iraqi refugees in Syria and Jordan; the Dutch government is
still deciding through which channels to disburse this
tranche.

3. (SBU) In addition to this direct funding, the Dutch
government makes annual, non-earmarked contributions to
international organizations that are active in assisting
Iraqi refugees and IDPs. For example, the Dutch government
has budgeted EUR 40 million in 2008 for the Central Emegency
Response Fund (CERF) of the UN,and EUR 25 million for the
International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) -- out of a
total 2008 humanitarian aid budget of around EUR 200 million.

Gallagher

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