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Cablegate: Netherlands/Horn of Africa: Five Million Euros In

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R 160620Z JUL 08
FM AMEMBASSY THE HAGUE
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC 1736
INFO RUCNMEM/EU MEMBER STATES COLLECTIVE

UNCLAS THE HAGUE 000596

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E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: EAID PREF PREL ER ET KE NL SO
SUBJECT: NETHERLANDS/HORN OF AFRICA: FIVE MILLION EUROS IN
AID PLEDGED

REF: A. STATE 69644
B. THE HAGUE 199


Emboffs delivered reftel points to Dutch MFA contacts Alle Dorhout,
head of West Africa and Horn of Africa Affairs, and Peter Flik, head of
Humanitarian Aid Division. The Netherlands supports increased
humanitarian aid in the Horn of Africa. Dutch Development Minister
Bert Koenders pledged an additional five million Euros on June 27 for
Ethiopia, considered a "Development Partner" along with Kenya. Two
million Euros will go directly to malnourished children through UNICEF.
This is on top of the 4.05 million Euros the Netherlands has already
guaranteed for Emergency Program Funding to Ethiopia. The Dutch also
sent a letter to the Ethiopian government asking for unrestricted acces
for all aid organizations. Aid to Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, and Somali
is 9.7% of the 202.5 million Euros the Netherlands dedicates to
Emergency Program Funding world wide.
Gallagher

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