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Cablegate: Croatia Request Under Ambassadors' Fund For

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UNCLAS ZAGREB 000172

SIPDIS


DEPT FOR PRM/ENA -- CBLAKEMAN
BELGRADE FOR REFCOORD

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: PREF HR
SUBJECT: CROATIA REQUEST UNDER AMBASSADORS' FUND FOR

REFUGEES

REF: STATE 7199

IN FY 03 POST IDENTIFIED SOME CRITICAL GAPS IN FUNDING FOR
REFUGEE ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS AND PRM RESPONDED WITH FUNDING
FOR MEDICAL EQUIPMENT AND SUPPLIES FOR A HOSPITAL IN KNIN,
AND SUPPORT FOR A COMMUNITY CENTER SERVING AN ETHNICALLY
MIXED COMMUNITY. WE HAVE CONSULTED WITH OUR COLLEAGUES IN
THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY, NGOS, AND IN THE GOVERNMENT AND
HAVE IDENTIFIED SOME ADDITIONAL CRITICAL GAPS IN FY 04 THAT
COULD BE ADDRESSED THROUGH THE AMBASSADORS' FUND FOR
REFUGEES. WE REQUEST THAT PRM MAKE AVAILABLE TO POST $20,000
IN FY 04 FUNDING FOR THE FOLLOWING PRIORITY PROJECTS:

DVOR KINDERGARTEN: $5,000 FOR REBUILDING OF THE HEATING
SYSTEM. THE KINDERGARTEN WAS RECONSTRUCTED FOLLOWING THE WAR
THROUGH FINANCING PROVIDED BY USAID, ASB (GERMAN SUPPORTED),
AND THE JAPANESE GOVERNMENT. HOWEVER, SUBSEQUENT TO THE
RECONSTRUCTION, THE HEATING SYSTEM HAS BEGUN TO FAIL AND MUST
BE REPLACED. THE PREVIOUS DONORS CANNOT ADDRESS THIS NEED
DUE TO FUNDING GAPS.

VUKOVAR SECONDARY SCHOOL: $5,000 FOR COMPUTER SYSTEMS AND
SPORTS EQUIPMENT. THE SCHOOL HAS A MIXED STUDENT BODY OF
ETHNIC CROATS AND SERBS, INCLUDING BOTH RETURNED REFUGEES AND
IDPS. HOWEVER, RESOURCES AVAILABLE HAVE PROVEN WHOLLY
INADEQUATE FOR STUDENTS RECREATIONAL NEEDS, AS WELL AS ACCESS
TO THE INTERNET AND THE EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES THAT WOULD
PROVIDE. GOVERNMENTAL SOURCES AND OTHER DONORS ARE UNABLE TO
MEET THIS FUNDING NEED.

LIPOVACA PRIMARY SCHOOL EXTENSION: $5,000 FOR FURNISHINGS AND
A COMPUTER SYSTEM. THE SCHOOL, WHICH SERVES GRADES 1-4 IN AN
ETHNICALLY MIXED AREA OF FORMER REFUGEES AND IDPS IN EASTERN
SLAVONIA, WAS RECONSTRUCTED FOLLOWING THE WAR BY THE MINISTRY
OF EDUCATION. HOWEVER, NO FUNDING HAS BEEN IDENTIFIED FOR
FURNISHINGS, WHICH ARE SORELY LACKING.

UDBINA CLINIC: $5,000 FOR MEDICAL EQUIPMENT AND FURNISHINGS.
THE CLINIC WAS RECENTLY RECONSTRUCTED THROUGH FINANCING
PROVIDED BY THE GERMAN GOVERNMENT. THE RECONSTRUCTION
FINANCING WAS INSUFFICIENT TO EQUIP AND FURNISH THE CLINIC,
WHICH SERVES A LARGE RURAL WAR-AFFECTED AREA IN WHICH MANY
RETURNEES LIVE AND HAVE LITTLE ACCESS TO OTHER HEALTH CARE
PROVIDERS.

POST WILL IMPLEMENT AND MANAGE PROJECT FUNDS, AND ENSURE
APPROPRIATE MONITORING AND FOLLOW-UP. TO THE MAXIMUM EXTENT
POSSIBLE, POST WILL ARRANGE FOR PRESS OR PUBLIC ATTENTION TO
OUR CONTRIBUTIONS, AND USE THE OCCASION TO HIGHLIGHT OUR
SUPPORT FOR REFUGEE RETURN AND REINTEGRATION IN CROATIA.
FRANK

NNNN

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