EU grants Côte d'Ivoire five million euro emergency humanitarian aid

Brussels, Belgium (PANA) – The European Union (EU) is to release an emergency humanitarian aid of five million euro for those threatened by the post-election crisis Côte d'Ivoire, official sources said in Brussels on Friday.

"Our duty is to work out emergency plans and as soon as possible give humanitarian aid to the victims," Mrs Chritina Georgieva, European commissioner in charge of international aid said in a statement made available to the press.

The statement said the post-electoral troubles Côte d'Ivoire had displaced mass populations of 11,000 people to Ghana, Liberia and Guinea-Conakry.

The funds released will be managed by NGOs, humanitarian partners of EU and operating in Côte d'Ivoire.

The European Union has recognized Alassane Ouattara as Côte d'Ivoire's elected president and not incumbent president Laurent Gbagbo, who has refused to step down. The EU has frozen the transfers of funds for Côte d'Ivoire.

For 2008-2013, EU had planned to release 225 million euro to the country as part of the 10th European Development Fund (EDF) under the Cotonou agreement signed in 2000.

The targeted sanctions imposed by EU against Gbagbo and his close friends do not affect the humanitarian aid for populations who express that need.

Côte d'Ivoire has been thrown into a state of confusion following the controversial presidential run-off on 28 November that is claimed by Ouattara and Gbagbo. The world has recognised Ouattara as the winner, but Ghbagbo has refused to step down.
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25 december 2010 11:52:07

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